Peichen Chen, DMA
Co-Founder & Director
The Taiwanese-Canadian pianist Pei-Chen Chen has received numerous awards throughout North America and Asia as a pianist and piano educator. As an active performer, she has won awards at several international ensemble competitions including the North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, Ohio International Piano Duet & Duo Competition, and United States International Duo Piano Competition with Y. Lee. Pei-Chen is also passionate about promoting Canadian piano music to younger generations. Recently she recorded Northern Lights Piano Duets: An Exploration of Canadian Piano Music with M. Xiong.
As a piano educator, Pei-Chen has presented at international conferences and music festivals. She applies Dalcroze-inspired activities to her teaching and research. She was recently awarded the Mitacs Globalink Research Award and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship through the Government of Canada, and the 5th International Conference of Dalcroze Studies’ Selma Odom Prize for Best Student Paper.
Currently, Pei-Chen is the Teacher Training Program Coordinator in the Piano Pedagogy Program at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto (U of T). She has also taught the Piano Skills for Professional Musicians and Teachers course at U of T. In addition, Pei-Chen is an RCM Practical Examiner; her piano students have received outstanding results from RCM examinations and have won many national and international competitions.
Outside of academia, Pei-Chen is involved in various music organizations, community outreach, and volunteer work. She is the president of the U of T Piano Pedagogy Student Group and the co-director of MUSIC INSIDEOUT. Pei-Chen is a DMA candidate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at U of T under the tutelage of Dr. James Parker and Dr. Midori Koga.