Born in Taiwan and raised in California, Ixi Chen enjoys an active career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, artistic director, and educator. Following her studies at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Southern California, Ixi accepted the post of Second Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and made the Queen City her new home.
In 2004, she joined the clarinet faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2006, she founded the chamber ensemble concert:nova, whose fusion of traditional and contemporary elements seeks to cultivate a new audience for art music.
Ixi’s commitment to diverse experiences has taken her around the globe. She has participated in numerous music festivals, including those at Aspen, Tanglewood, Evian, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Jerusalem, Thessoloniki, and Saint Petersburg. In 1996, she moved to Germany, where she played Principal Clarinet and Assistant Principal/E-flat Clarinet with the Philharmonic of the Nations and later attended the famous Hochschule fur Musik in Karlsruhe.
In 1998, she settled in Los Angeles, where she pursued graduate work at USC and served as the Principal Clarinet of the American Symphony. In 2007, Ixi participated in the Munich ARD Festival and toured Europe with the Festival’s chamber musicians.
Ixi’s orchestral concerts have been featured on several media broadcasts: ZDF (German television), NordDeutsche Rundfunk (NDR; North German Radio), SudDeutsche Rundfunk (SDR; South German Radio), KUSC Los Angeles, KQED San Francisco, and WGUC Cincinnati.
She has collaborated on recording projects with the Cincinnati Symphony on the Telarc label and the Philharmonic of the Nations on Handel Classic Audio.Ixi has been a frequent performer in Cincinnati’s Linton Chamber Music series, the Manhattan Chamber Music Group in New York, and the Philharmonic Winds in Germany.
While in Los Angeles, she founded and developed ensemble infinity, a precursor to concert:nova. There, she authored Adventures in Music for the Old Town Conservatory of Music and the Performing Arts, a 36-week script that formed the core of the school’s music outreach program.Ixi’s teachers include Rosario Mazzeo; Gary Gray at UCLA; David Krakauer at MSM; Wolfgang Meyer at the Hochschule fur Musik; and Yehuda Gilad at USC.
She is proud to be a Buffet Crampon artist.The Founder and Artistic Director of concert:nova, Ixi Chen is a clarinetist and educator who makes her home in Cincinnati, where she is continually inspired by the energy, vitality, and creativity of the community surrounding her. She is proud to be an Artist Clinician with Buffet Crampon and Rico D’Addario.