A native of Taipei, Taiwan, the young rising composer and columnist of Muzik Taiwan, Hsin-Lei Chen received her Bachelor degree from National Taipei University of the Arts (NTUA) studying Composition with Prof. Hung, Chung-Kuen. She studied her Master’s in composition from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM) with Prof. Michael Fiday, Prof. Mara Helmuth and Prof. Joel Hoffman. While still a student at NTUA and CCM, Chen has composed numerous instrumental and vocal works for various ensembles, among which Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Deep made finalist in the 2004 Formosa Competition held by the Council of Cultural Affairs in Taiwan. In 2007, her orchestral work, Ebb and Flow, won ERM Media’s competition and recorded by Kiev Philharmonic. Chamber orchestral work, “Renaissance” won a composition competition of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

Her works have been widely performed in major concert halls including National Concert Hall and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Werner Hall in Cincinnati, Carnegie Performing Art Center’s Weill Hall in New York, Sam Sung Music Hall in Seoul, as well as National Performing Art Center in Beijing.

In 2014, Taipei Philharmonic commissioned her a choral piece, which will be published and performed in Hungarian International Choral Festival; New Art Agent commissioned her a violin concerto and a flute concerto to be recorded and release an album and performed in Taiwan National Music Hall. The commissions of College-Conservatory of Music and Georgia Technology Institute’s will be performed in April 2016.