Charismatic concert violinist Chen Yi, is the first Asian to win the Gold Medal at the China International Violin competition (2008). Second and third prizes were awarded to violinists from Russia and Germany.
Chen Yi (or Tina, as she is called in the West) began violin studies with her father, Chen Yong-Gang, at the age of four. Hard work and the prodigy’s life led her to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where her playing flourished under the guidance of legendary teacher, Lin Yao-Ji.
As part of the Mendelssohn Bicentennial Celebrations, Ms. Chen was invited to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Beijing’s new National Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010 she performed the Nielsen Violin Concerto as part of the Danish Gala Concert at the World EXPO in Shanghai. This major event marked artistic dialogue between Denmark and China.
“The most melting performance I have ever heard in a concert” - spoken by German violinist and conductor, Rainer Kussmaul.
“The perfect union of technique and musicianship” - by Sergey Kravchenko, professor at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Chen Yi has given recitals and concerto performances around the world including the United States, Italy, Finland, Japan, Monaco, Denmark and China (in Hong Kong and mainland PRC).
Chen Yi performs on a fine Shen Fei violin (Panda) made in 2004, Beijing, China.
Her bow is by American maker Douglas Raguse.