Dr. Chih-Yi Chen has been on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2003 and has been part of the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department since its 2016-2017 inaugural year. She has also been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy for more than two decades. Her versatile qualities as a collaborative partner, chamber musician, soloist and teacher have contributed to a distinguished career, nationally and internationally.
Chen has been performing with International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Laureates since 2003 when she was first invited to perform with Barnabás Kelemen. She has served as an official pianist for the competition since the 9th Quadrennial in 2014 and was awarded special recognition at the 2018 Competition for “Best Performances” of the Beethoven and Mozart sonatas. Her early work with the talented young violinists of the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi directed by renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig led to performances in France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Japan and throughout the United States.
Among the numerous musicians with whom she has collaborated are violinists Jaime Laredo, Mihaela Martin, Kyoko Takezawa, Richard Lin, Giles Apap, Simone Lamsma, Andrés Cárdenes, Pavel Berman, David Chan, Liviu Prunaru, Augustin Hadelich, Clara-Jumi Kang, Luke Hsu, Kerson Leong and Svetlin Roussev, violists Atar Arad, Brian Chen and Masumi Per Rostad, cellists Sharon Robinson, Peter Stumpf and Bion Tsang, clarinetists James Campbell and Howard Klug, bassoonist William Ludwig and flutist Thomas Robertello. She has also performed with the Michelangelo, Pacifica, Rubens and Verona string quartets.
Chen has served as an adjudicator for competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Instrumental Competitions and has presented at the CollabFest of the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society.
Born in Taipei, Chih-Yi Chen received her Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University where she studied with Lev Vlasenko, and with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, pianist of the Borodin Trio.