First Prize, 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition
2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant
2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award
"Her graceful, singing line, gleaming tone, and breathtaking use of pianissimo made the Tully Hall crowd sit bolt upright."
Praised for her “phenomenal maturity” and “fresh and spontaneous, yet emotionally profound and intellectually well-structured performance” (Jerusalem Post), American violinist Stella Chen garnered worldwide attention with her first-prize win at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, followed by the 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
Highlights of her 2020-21 season include a European tour with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, including her concerto debut at Vienna’s Musikverein; concerto appearances in China, Armenia, Italy and Germany; and recitals at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and at Germany’s Kronberg Academy. In 2021-22 she joins the Bowers Program at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and makes her Carnegie Hall recital debut.
Stella’s most recent engagements include debuts with the Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and the Luxembourg Philharmonic, first appearances at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Ravinia, and Kronberg Academy Festivals, and performances throughout Europe, East Asia, and India. Originally scheduled appearances with the Chicago Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra have been postponed because of the pandemic.
Stella has appeared as a chamber musician in festivals including the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, the Sarasota Festival, and YellowBarn.
She is the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition.