Biography

Taiwanese flautist Yi-Hsuan Chen is dedicated performing and exploring both classical and contemporary music. She was invited to become one of the artists of Tangram who is a movement of transnational artists envisioning a future beyond the China-West divide after she gave her debut concert with Tangram at LSO St. Luke’s. As part of Tangram’s Voices series, Yi-Hsuan produced a project -INFUSION, in which she experimented the possibilities of presenting music on an online platform together with creative director Fabricio Mattos and composer/cinematographer Bernardo Simões.

Yi-Hsuan has premiered several pieces, including commissions for ‘Marés’, a project produced by Fabricio Mattos and the Embassy of Brazil in London and works in celebration of Royal Academy of Music’s Bicentenary. She premiered Timothy Bower’s Flute Sonata which was dedicated to Yi-Hsuan. In 2019, she was the teaching assistant at William Bennett’s Summer School and the guest artist in the 10th Singapore Flute Festival.

Yi-Hsuan’s accomplishments include several prizes in competitions, including 1st prize in the open category and junior category of 6th and 3rd Singapore Flute Festival, and 2nd prize in the open category of 2013 Taiwan National Music Competition. She was also awarded ‘very highly commended’ for Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize, and ‘highly commended’ for All Flute Plus Prize at RAM. Yi-Hsuan performs regularly with her woodwind quintet – Sylva Winds who won Nicholas Blake Prize and Digital Wind Chamber Prize.

Other achievements include an invitation to play as a soloist in the ‘Winner Showcase’ concert at Singapore Flute Festival, and RAM flute department concert. She played as a member of the Golden Flute Choir, led by Shu-Chun Chiang, in the 43rd Annual National Flute Association Convention, as well as in Singapore Flute Festival. She had the great opportunities to work with well-known conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Oliver Knussen, Edward Gardner, and John Wilson, and she was fortune enough to perform with Czech Philharmonic for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. She had the privilege to perform in different countries including Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, Netherland, and Italy, and to play in the prestigious venues including St. Luke’s LSO, St. John Smith Square, Concertgebouw Recital Hall, and Taiwan National Concert Hall.

Yi-Hsuan Chen graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class (Honours). She was in the flute class of William Bennett and Samuel Coles, and the piccolo class of Helen Keen. Before coming to London, Yi-Hsuan studied in Taiwan with Shu-Chun Chiang (RAM alumna) at The Affiliated Junior and Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, and with Hue-Jin Liu at Taipei National University of Arts.