BIOGRAPHY

 

Maggie Chen started the piano at the age of 5, and the cello at the age of 8.  She had her first public recital at age of 12. She was a teaching assistant for visually impaired musician while she studying at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts from 1992-1995. At the age of 19, Maggie came to the United States as a scholarship student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she studied with Kim Scholes, Natalia Khoma, Richard Hirschl, Stephen Balderston, and Barbara Haffner. Maggie joined the Midwest School of Music faculty for17 years as a Cello and Piano instructor, and currently owns her private music studio in Oak Brook, Illinois.

PERSONAL LIFE

 

Maggie is a devoted Christian, wife, and mother of two wonderful children. She loves spending time with her family, rolling eyeballs at her teenage son's 'funny' jokes, and admiring her daughter's creativity of Lego buildings. Her favorite activities are sipping coffee in the sunroom, walking in her rose garden, painting inexpensive vintage furniture, inviting friends over for heartwarming conversation, and making new recipes. Maggie currently lives in Oak Brook, Illinois with her husband, Yingchun, has two kids Isaac and Gabreilla and 1 dog, Tenor who follows her around the house like a shadow. 

EDUCATION

 

Chicago College of Performing Arts,

Roosevelt University

     Master of Music, Performance in Cello, 2001

     Bachelor of Music, Performance in Cello, 2000

MASTER CLASSES

 

Manhattan String Quartet, 1998

John Sharp, 2000-01

AWARDS / HONORS 
 
Steinway and Sons Educational Partner, 2017 - present
College Performance Award, 1996-2001
Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence, USA, 2000
Rome Festival, Italy, 1998
International School for Musical Arts,
Canada, 1997
Algonquin International Music Institute,
Canada, 1996