Faculty Since 2016
BA, Music, University of Virginia
BS, University of Virginia
MM, Orchestral Conducting, Northwestern University
Noted for “polished and atmospheric performance” (Chicago Classical Review) as well as “bracing precision and subtlety” (The Classical Review), Eli Chen’s work as a musician and conductor reflect his belief in the power of music to share beauty, ask questions, and explore humanity. His continued pursuit of these values has established him as a versatile artist and avid collaborator.
Eli Chen is equally as intrigued by contemporary voices in music as by the symphonic and operatic literature. He has partnered with the acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble on multiple genre-crossing projects, including Journey LIVE with Austin Wintory’s Grammy-nominated score and the first U.S. tour of Mike Mills’ Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra with Robert McDuffie. Eli Chen has conducting numerous student opera productions and most recently assisted on Der Fliegende Holländer and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Miami Music Festival. He has appeared as guest conductor with ensembles such as the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Sinfonietta. Eli currently serves as the Principal Conductor of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra, seeking ways of connecting meaningfully to local communities.
Mr. Chen is currently based out of the Chicago area where he directs the Trinity Community Philharmonic Orchestra at Trinity International University and also teaches at the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and in Music at the University of Virginia, where he studied violin with David Sariti and conducting with Kate Tamarkin. He went on to receive his Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Victor Yampolsky. Other influential mentors have included Mark Gibson, Larry Rachleff, and Donald Schleicher.