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Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. While there, he was a soloist under Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Ton Koopman, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Nicholas Kraemer, and James Conlon. He gave the CSO premiere of Ligeti’s and Carter’s violin concertos, Witold Lutoslawski’s Chain Two, and the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Astral Canticle. Chen enjoys a solo career, including performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and others. An avid chamber musician, Chen performed with Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, and many others. A frequent participant at festivals including Aspen, Santa Fe, La Jolla Chamber Music, and Schloss Moritzburg, he also tours extensively and is a founding member of the Johannes Quartet. Prior to joining CSO, Chen won first prize in the Hanover International Violin Competition and recorded Tchaikovsky’s complete violin works for Berlin Klassics. A native of Taiwan, he began violin studies at seven and studied with Robert Lipsett when his family moved to Los Angeles in 1979. While there, he participated in Heifetz’s master classes. Chen received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki.