Yi-chun Chen was born in Taichung, Taiwan, and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in the USA. She has been a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2004, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Baptist University since 2008. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimiar, and had the opportunity to learn from members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, and Cleveland string quartets. After graduating from The Curtis Institute, she pursued her master’s degree at Boston University.
Chen has a rich orchestral experience. She was principal cellist of the Taiwan Symphony Youth Orchestra from 1994 to 1997, and participated in an Asian Youth Orchestra tour with Yo Yo Ma. In 1999 she performed on tour with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under conductor André Previn and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in Europe. She was also principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in 2004 took part in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Apart from music, Chen is fond of Aromatherapy and volunteer service. She has received Distinction in Better Health Better Life Aromatherapy Course and was invited to be one of the speakers in First and Second Chinese Online Essential Oil Symposium. Chen recently became one of the directors of the Hong Kong Taiwan New Women’s Association (Charity Organisation) and participates in volunteer service.