Yi Chen, a classical percussionist and marimbist, is the first Taiwanese percussion major student ever accepted into Manhattan School of Music (MSM). As an active soloist in Taiwan and New York, he is known for specializing in contemporary solo works, including but not limited to compositions of Bruno Mantovani, Franco Donatoni, Jacob Druckman, Kevin Volans, and Nicolas Martynciow. His enthusiastic, appealing, and virtuous performances have been recognized by judges from United States, Europe, and Asia by being awarded the first prize of the Great Plains Marimba Competition, and second prizes of both ENKOR International Music Competition and National Music Competition of Taiwan. In the winter of 2016, Mr. Chen had his Carnegie Hall debut as a part of “The Hidden Melody” concert, world premiering new works by Rongxin Peng, with the invitation from the composer himself. Being a member of MSM Percussion Ensemble which just celebrated its 60th anniversary concert in March, 2018, he has collaborated with Jeffery Milarsky, Claire Heldrich, Mike Perdue, Jude Traxler, Steve Schick, and Racz Zoltan.
Yi Chen is now pursuing Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance as a recipient of the President’s Award Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton, Kyle Zerna, and She-e Wu.