• June 10, 2024

Che-Hung Chen

Che-Hung Chen

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We’re looking forward to our summer festival! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce each artist performing in our 36th season. Violist Che-Hung Chen will play on July 24th, 28th, and 30th.

When Chen joined The Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 20, he earned the distinction of being the first Taiwanese citizen to ever do so. While his primary occupation remains playing with the orchestra, his return to KCMF every summer is always a highlight—musically and personally. “Being an orchestral musician and playing chamber music on the side whenever possible is always a treat,” Chen says. “I get to perform with friends, colleagues, and families that I have the utmost respect for. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Among other pieces, this summer he’ll play viola for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op.44 alongside his wife, pianist and Artistic Director Natalie Zhu. And he’ll join old friends for Brahms’s String Sextet No.1 in B-flat Major, Op.18. This group of musicians had originally been invited to KCMF by founder David Kim years ago and have remained close. They rarely get the chance to play chamber music together now, though, so their reunion in Kingston promises to be delightful for all involved–whether playing or listening! 

Get to know Che-Hung!

Q. How do you handle nerves before performing?
A. There’s not much to be nervous about for a violist…

What’s at the top of your bucket list? 
Take my daughter on a trip to Japan

What’s in your instrument case?
Viola, 2 bows, photos of important people in my life, and maintenance needs for the viola and bows.

What are the top three songs on your personal playlist?
Edgar Meyer’s Quintet for Strings & Double Bass; “Demons” by Imagine Dragons; and “Story of My Life” by One Direction.

Favorite quote/personal life motto:
“Life is too short to be nice.” -Buck Choi

What is a little known fact about you?
Click here!

Best advice you have ever received:
Happy wife, happy life!

What’s your favorite type of food?

What piece of music never fails to move you?
Chopin’s Étude Op.10 No.3

What’s your favorite restaurant in Kingston?
Matunuck Oyster Bar; Peking Tokyo being a close second.