"The Chicago Sinfonietta, which is 47 percent female, we’re told, plays superbly under Mei-Ann Chen, and the engineering is up to the high standards of the house. This is music well worth getting to know, and more importantly, worthy of repetition, and hence well worth collecting." -David Hurwitz (review excerpt)


Conductor Mei-Ann Chen is honored  to serve on the jury for 2021 MALKO Competition!  A former winner of the prestigious event, "Winning the 2005 MALKO Competition opened doors I never thought possible."

For more details about the competion please click on the link below.



A Sonic Art Exhibition March 7 and 9

SCHOENBERG Find Rothko (2006)
Courtney BRYAN Syzygy (World Premiere)
Jennifer Koh, violin
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition


Read Aristic Director of recreation-GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ Matthew Huber's statement last season announcing Mei-Ann Chen's new position with the orchestra. Chen begins her official duties this week.  Statement can be read  here.


Mei-Ann Chen will open the 20/21 season for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw with Beethoven 5. Read about the program here.


"As soon as conductor Mei-Ann Chen entered the stage, a smile spread throughout the orchestra. And of course she is an energizing catalyst on the podium, perfect on Valentines Day." (translation) Gävle Symfoniorkester Feb. 14, 2020 concert, Camilla Dahl, MittMedie


Congratulations to Producer Blanton Alspaugh, Grammy winner for Producer of the Year, Classical!  He produced ROCO's Visions Take Flight CD, which Mei-Ann conducted.


Read the Chicago Tribune's review of the Chicago Sinfonietta's Martin Luther King Tribute Concert here.


Mei-Ann chats with Becky Nystedt of WFMT about the upcoming 2020 Chicago Sinfonietta MLK Concerts.


Conductor Mei-Ann Chen returns to the DSO with a program featuring Suite No. 1 from Bizet's spellbinding opera Carmen. Cellist Sterling Elliott (National Sphinx Competition Winner) is featured soloist in Lalo's Cello Concerto in D Minor.


Residentie Orkest spoke with Mei-Ann prior to the Decembe 13 concert about"dark" versus "light" music: can dark music elevate us as much as cheerful? Read the piece here.


Mei-Ann returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Jan. 9, 10 & 12 with a program featuring Suite No. 1 from Bizet's spellbinding opera Carmen. Cellist Sterling Elliott (National Sphinx Competition Winner) is featured soloist in Lalo's Cello Concerto in D Minor. Per


Mei-Ann leads Tucson Symphony in Tubalicious
with David Morgan, tuba, Feb 1 and 2- Don't miss this energetic concert!
Coleridge-Taylor: African Suite: Danse nègre
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Tuba
Elgar: Enigma Variations


Maestra Chen leads the Residentie Orkest in "WARM WINTER NIGHTS" featuring Grieg's Piano Concerto with pianist Nelson Goerner at The Hague and then in TivoliVredenburg on Dec. 15th


Mei-Ann Chen makes her BBC Symphony Orchestra debut November 28 with a  BBC Radio 3 Afternoon Concert recorded live at the Maida Vale Studios for future broadcast.


Mei-Ann chats with Tim Mangan of VoiceofOC about Florence Price in advance of November 14 - 16 concerts in Orange County


Mei-Ann conducts  Swedish violinist Johan Dalene in Thomas Adès violin concerto Concentric Paths with the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Operan in December. She also leads the premiere of Swedish composer Tobias Broström's orchestral interpretation of Melanie Bonis's Suite Orientale,  Stravinsky's Ballet Pulcinella Suite, and Brahms's  Haydn Variations.


Mei-Ann travels to Sweden to guest the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands December 5 in a program featuring Ades's Concentric Paths, with violinist Johan Dalene as soloist. Other works include Bbonis's Suite Oriental, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and Brahms's Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn


Works by 3 prolific American composers are centerstage in 3 November concerts when Mei-Ann Chen guests with Pacific Symphony. Read more in the link below.


Chicago Sinfonietta's Project Inclusion' Aims to Increase Diversity in Classical MusicSee the piece here!


Hear her lead the orchestra in  a concert featuring Liszt's Die Ideale and Stacy Garrop's Terra Nostra


"...Symphony no. 2 in C major op. 61 by Robert Schumann was like an intoxicating party, sometimes with more gentle nuances. ... a spirited conductor whirled and made for excitement in the well-visited Gutsscheune. Long applause and many cheers rounded off the two-hour concert experience." - Weser-Kurier (Germany)


September 27 kicks off Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) In Concert Series at Miller Outdoor Theatre and highlights Mei-Ann Chen, ROCO’s first-ever Artistic Partner. Showcasing the full 40-piece orchestra, “Time for Hope”, features ROCO's Commissioned World Premiere, "Centuries in the Hours" by Lisa Bielawa.


"Chen LED with clear language, rhythm and lovely positive energy. The Orchestra responded to the dance of the conductor with desire and inspiration." - Harri Hautala, AAMULEHTI (translation)


Mei-Ann Chen returns to  Finland with a robust program featuring Florence Price's (sov. William Grant Still): Tansseja ruokopellolta, Max Bruch's Viulukonsertto nro 1 g-molli op. 26, Samuel Barber's Konserttialkusoitto The School for Scandal op. 5 and
Aaron Copland's Sarja baletista Billy the Kid with the
Tampere Filharmonia on September 12 at the Tampere House, Big Hall



If you are in Germany, don't miss Mei-Ann Chen in her
NDR Radiophilharmonie Debut September 19 and 20! presented by Niedersächsische Musiktage.
THORVALDSDOTTIR Hrim für Ensemble (Chamber Orchestra)
C.SCHUMANN Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 7
R.SCHUMANN Sinfonie Nr. 2, C-Dur op. 61


Mei-Ann makes Oslo Philharmonic debut with Annual Open Air Concert in Myraløkka


SOLD-OUT! Mei-Ann's April 27 concert with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra at Bilkent Concert Hall in Bilkent – Ankara, Turkey is SOLD OUT.

Spanish Elegance
CHABRIER España, Rhapsody for Orchestra
LALO Concerto for Violoncello in D minor
Andreas Brantelid, Violoncello
TURINA Danzas fantásticas
BIZET Carmen Suite No.1

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