A native of Taiwan, violist Youming Chen (pronounced YO-ming) was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Music Director Riccardo Muti during its 125th season. Chen served as associate principal viola of the Kansas City Symphony and was a member of the Grant Park Music Festival. He also performs with International Chamber Artists in the Chicago area. In addition, he has participated in the Pacific Music, Aspen Music, Prussia Cove, and Music@Menlo festivals.
Youming Chen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a doctorate from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.