Gloria Chien Performing Mendelssohn

Our February 2021 streaming concert featured Gloria Chien performing Mendelssohn, John Field’s Nocturne No. 2 and a work by Franz Liszt. This performance’s limited engagement has concluded. We are now sharing a YouTube video of Gloria Chien performing Felix Mendelssohn’s composition Lied ohne Worte in E-flat major for Piano, Op. 30, No. 1.


I don’t remember a time when classical music was not played in my household growing up. My mother is a violinist who played in the Taipei City Symphony and my father is an avid classical music lover. They hoped that my brother and I would become musicians. I remember attending concerts when I was too small to even see the musicians, and I loved going to work with my mother sitting in the orchestra pit during opera productions. It has been quite a journey. And I am happy to say classical music was a way of life back then and I am grateful it still is today!

About Gloria Chien

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissinger Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of CMS’s Bowers Program. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga that has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters. The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The duo has recently been appointed Artistic Directors Designees at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. Ms. Chien received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is a Steinway Artist.

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