As a dynamic and diverse musician, violinist, and conductor, Huifang Chen enjoys a dual career as a performer and an educator. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied violin with Jascha Brodsky. Currently, she serves as the Music Director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) and as a Professor of Violin at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and Dreyfoos School for the Arts in West Palm Beach. She is also a member of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and Palm Beach Symphony. She frequent guest conducts the Alhambra Orchestra in Miami and has guest conducted the Broward Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Lauderdale and the Frost Symphony of University of Miami. In the summer, she teaches and performs at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Past positions include serving as the interim Director of Orchestra at the Florida International University from 2010-2011, Director of Orchestra at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School from 2008-2010 and as a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Miami from 2004-2010. Additionally, Ms. Chen was also a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1994 until its demise in 2003.
As a violin soloist, Ms. Chen has appeared alongside many orchestras around the globe. Most recently in 2019, she played the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Philharmonic Orchestra in West Palm Beach. Other notable recognitions including being the winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artist awarded by the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and a performance with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in 2000. She was also a Concerto Competition Winner in 2003 at the University of Miami where she received her Masters degree in 2005.
As a contemporary music advocator, Ms. Chen also often programs new music for the GMYS. Most notably, she facilitated the world premiere of a violin concerto written for her and GMYS by Thomas Sleeper in 2012. Another violin concerto written for her by Marc Satterwhite was similarly premiered in 2017.
As a committed violin pedagogue, many of Ms. Chen’s students are frequent winners at both local and international competitions. Many are now attending top music schools such as the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School, and many others are now members of professional orchestras.
As a recording artist, Ms. Chen has appeared on dozens of award-winning CDs for artists such as the Bee Gees, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada, and Barbra Streisand. In 2012, she recorded Thomas Sleeper’s Violin Concerto with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. The CD of this recording was released in 2014 on the Albany Label. Finally, she has performed the National Anthem for the Miami Dolphins football games on multiple occasions.