Credit: Bob Plotkin

Credit: Bob Plotkin

Director, Conducting Faculty

“Masterfully presented the Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony” described by the Leipzig Time.

A prize winner of the prestigious International Malko Conducting Competition, Tong Chen has quickly established herself as one of the most promising and exciting young conductors in her generation.

Ms. Chen has worked with numerous orchestras across the globe, including Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Besançon Symphony Orchestra (France), Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orhcestra, Richmond Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Orchestra St. Luke’s, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, XiaMen Philharmonic (China) and Shanghai Opera House.

A frequent cover conductor of the New Jersey Symphony and Alabama Symphony, she also worked with the LA Phil from 2009-11. Ms. Chen was chose by Kurt Masur to receive the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 2012. She has participated in the conducting program the Aspen Music Festival and Cabrillo Festival, studying under David Zinman and Marin Alsop. Her main studies were with Gustav Meier at Peabody Conservatory, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and Maurice Peress at Copland School of Music. In 2015, Ms. Chen made her Lincoln Center debut at David H. Koch Theater with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Orchestra St.Luke’s.

Chen formerly held the position of Conducting faculty at City University of New York’s Copland School of Music, Assistant Conductor to Maurice Peress and Conductor for the Queens College Orchestra and Musical department. A proponent of music education, she has served as the conductor with the TianShan Youth Symphony, the first and largest youth orchestra program in Shanghai, China.