A native of Taiwan, violinist Taichi Chen joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985, shortly after completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northern Illinois University. He also studied at the Toho Music School in Tokyo and at Boston University. His primary teachers were Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Masao Kawasaki, Roman Totenberg and Namiko Umezu.
At Sommerfest 2011 Chen played Franck’s Piano Quintet with Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton and Minnesota Orchestra colleagues. He has performed chamber music at many previous Sommerfest concerts, collaborating with pianists Andreas Haefliger, Garrick Ohlsson and the late Alicia de Larrocha. Over the past 18 years he has collaborated with pianist Ruth Palmer in many recitals. He has also participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival. He counts among his interests chess and organic farming, the latter of which he and his wife, Robin, do in Finlayson, Minnesota.