Olivia Chen

14, USA

Olivia Chen is a fourteen-year-old violinist from the USA. She has played for various musicians including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Shirley Givens, Jonathan Carney, Rachel Barton Pine, and many others. Olivia has participated in various international music camps and has won various national and international competitions. Olivia was invited to play with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the Music Center at Strathmore in November 2015. She has participated in youth orchestras since the age of six years old. Olivia currently studies with Victor Danchenko.

“I have known about the Menuhin Competition since the competition held in 2012. I heard recordings of the participants and was amazed by their level of technique and musicality, and I remember wishing I could reach that level someday. I was shocked when I realized that I had been given the opportunity to play in the very competition that was an inspiration for me since I was younger. I am beyond excited to meet other young people who share with me a love for music and also to play for some of the greatest violinists in the world.” (Olivia Chen)