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Amanda Chen

Violin Fellow

Supported in memory of Matthew Krel

Biography

Amanda Chen started playing the violin at the age of seven. She completed her Bachelor of Music in 2019 and Master of Music Studies in 2021 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Associate Professor Alice Waten, who has been her main musical mentor since childhood.

Amanda was recently an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2020 and 2021, and since leaving formal studies she has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia. In 2017, she was a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. She has been selected to play in masterclasses for Mauricio Fuks and Maxim Vengerov.

Her string quartet has travelled to Europe to be involved in the ProQuartet program in Paris with Günter Pichler, and they have also had masterclasses with the Goldner String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and Australian String Quartet. She has performed in the Crossroads Chamber Music Festival coordinated by Charmian Gadd.