Catharina Chen - Biography

Catharina Chen 2 (Foto: Per-Arne Carlsen )

Born in 1985 in Oslo, Norway. She started playing the violin at the age of five with her father. Later she studied with Alf Richard Kraggerud and Stephan Barratt-Due as a young talent student at Barratt -Due Music Institute. Since 2004 she has received full scholarship and graduated from SMU Dallas with certificate of Artist Performance. She is currently studying Master in Music at Temple University - Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, with Professor Eduard Schmieder.

Catharina has been performing as a soloist since the age of eight and has already been accompanied by several professional orchestras both in Norway and elsewhere. These have included the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Tromso Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Camerata, ZKO-Zuricher Chamber Orchestre, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Beverly Hills Symphony Orchestra, China National Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra. She performed in Carnegie Hall in 2007.

Besides being a soloist, she has also participated in chamber ensembles at international arts festivals. Within the last few years she has appeared at the North Festival, Stavanger International Music Festival, Oslo Chamber music Festival, Bergen International Festival, YAI (Young Artist International) Festival in America, New Mexico as well as in Italy, China, Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil, Slovenia and South Africa. In May 2008 she will be featured as a soloist in Bergen’s International Festival - Festspillene in Bergen.

Catharina’s status as one of Norway’s most promising young classical musicians has earned her several major awards such as: The Norwegian Music Publishers’ Union “Prize of Honour” (2002 and 2003), “Karoline Prize” for high achievement by a Norwegian high school student in sport, art or culture, Grand prize winner of national violin competitions in Norway (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002) ,Anun Lund Rej Memorial Foundation for Young Talents Award, Switzerland (Margess International), America (I Palpiti) and one of Norway’s most prestigious prizes from Oslo Municipal: Artist Prize of 2003! She won 1. Prize at the prestigious “Gnessin International Competition for young violinists” in Moscow (2003) and the prize of “Best Artistic Performance”. Catharina was also awarded the highly respected and prestigious Oslo City Culture Prize (2004). She was the youngest artist in Norway to have received this prize. Just recently she was the 2.nd prizewinner of Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Romania.

In addition to that, many Norwegian people are already familiar with Catharina through television and radio broadcasting. She has appeared in various programs such as “Bravo Bravissimo” in Italy 1996, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Big Stage’ for young musicians with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 1998, New Year Celebration in Switzerland 2001, ‘Eurovision’ broadcast with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002, the Norwegian Prime Minister’s New Year Speech broadcasted in 2003, Summer of Vivaldi’s four seasons with Oslo Camerata broadcasted in Brazil, across America, and many many more. In 2003 she was the youngest winner of the Norwegian National Television program: Great opportunity - A Live competition program of selected young artists from around the country.

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