Violist Youming Chen is an active recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician. He is currently a member of the Kansas City Symphony. He performed on many international acclaimed stages, namely Carnegie, Alice Tully, Royal Albert, Avery Fisher, Lucern, Konzerthaus-Berlin, De Montfort, and National Taiwan Concert Hall. He was featured on WQXR in New York City as “Young Artist Showcase” and KPR in Kansas City area. His collaboration with Sir Colin Davis at BBC Proms as principal violist in the Juilliard/Royal Academy of Music Orchestra was televised in the UK. Mr. Chen has participated in Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, Prussia Cove (England), and Music@Menlo. He was a former violist of the Gustave Rosseels Quartet and a founding member of the Fader Piano Quartet, which received the Saunderson Award at Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.

Mr. Chen’s teachers include Paul Neubauer, Toby Appel, Hsin-Yun Huang,Yizhak Schotten, Victoria Chiang, Alan de Veritch, and Ben Lin. His chamber coaches include members of Brentano, Chester, Cleveland, Concord, Emerson, Guaneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and Orion quartets. He received his Masters (MM) from the Juilliard School, Bachelors (BM) from University of Michigan and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the tutelage of Scott Lee.

Mr. Chen has taught at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Iowa. He resides in Kansas City with his wife Alice Huang and their twin daughters.


Heartland Chamber Music is an award-winning student chamber music Academy in the heart of Kansas City. Each summer over 100 string and piano students, ages 8-26 from all over the world gather for the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Overland Park, Kansas at Johnson County Community College. Students receive instruction from internationally renowned music faculty and present free summer concerts in Yardley Hall. Our music school provides year-round chamber music education, and private lessons in both Suzuki and the traditional method, taking place at the Barstow School. Our young artists also have the opportunity to audition for The Camerata Chamber Orchestra for additional Outreach performance opportunities.

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