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Nov-30-2023 —

"Chen has since established a celebrated conducting career and is in demand internationally across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. But her primary post is with the Chicago Sinfonietta; she has served as the orchestra’s music director since 2011, and her contract was recently extended through ​​the end of the 2028-2029 season."

Oct-4-2023 —

Chen has held the position since 2011 and has been renewed through to the end of the 2028/29 season

The Board of the Chicago Sinfonietta has voted unanimously to renew the contract of its Music Director Mei-Ann Chen through to the end of the 2028/29 season — adding another four years to her tenure. The 36-year-old first joined the orchestra in 2011 and has made championing diversity, equity, and inclusion a focus of her time there.

"Chen is diminutive but powerful, with an exacting style of conducting that commands attention"
San Francisco Classical Voice
“Her controlled yet fluid conducting style combined clear cues and beats with sweeping, circular gestures reminiscent of the great maestro Seiji Ozawa.”
The Press Democrat (CA)
“The performance indeed offered a captivating and inspired interpretation.”