Isabel Chen


Winner of the 2021 Stanger Young Artist Competition


Northbrook, Illinois

Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music (in progress)

About Isabel

Isabel Chen currently studies violin performance at the Eastman School of Music with Oleh Krysa. Prior to attending Eastman, she grew up studying at the Music Institute of Chicago and was a Scholarship Fellow at its Academy program. Her most significant teachers include Almita Vamos, Mathias Tacke, Cyrus Forough, and Jasmine Lin.

Isabel has been fortunate to gain a variety of solo and chamber experiences, including competitions and public performances. She most recently performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for the InterHarmony Concert Series, where she gave both solo and chamber performances with Prof. Krysa and other distinguished faculty. She was a winner of the 2021 Dr. Robert Stanger Concerto Competition and 2020 DePaul Concerto Festival; she’s received honors as well from the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, CSO Crain-Maling Young Artists Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Competition, and St. Paul String Quartet Competition. Additionally, Isabel has been broadcasted on classical WFMT’s Introductions for both individual and chamber programs.

She’s incredibly grateful to have participated in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and InterHarmony International Music Festival. Over the years, Isabel has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for notable musicians including Boris Kuschnir, Guy Braunstein, Donald Weilerstein, Itamar Zorman, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and Sarah Chang.

Isabel is a member of the Maple Quartet, established at the Eastman School of Music. They most recently performed Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 at Eastman’s Honors Chamber Recital and aspire to grow together professionally in the future.


To A New World

Isabel Chen will perform with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM. Learn more >>>

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