A musician not limited by the bounds of a single expertise, Coco Chen has performed internationally as a professional collaborative pianist, soprano, composer and actress. Last summer, she was reviewed in a cover story as “The Gifted Prodigy” by the National Newspaper of Trinidad and Tobago after her successful concert at their National Center of Performing Arts. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China claimed that Ms. Chen was the first Chinese artist ever to come to Trinidad and she made a great contribution to the culture exchange between China and Trinidad. Ms. Chen is in great demand as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist due to her first hand experience as a vocalist.
Ms. Chen debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as a collaborative pianist in 2008 and won the Bronze Prize in the Chinese International Voice Competition in the next year. She was the winner of the Asia Piano Competition and the Nanjing Cup Piano Competition. Ms. Chen has also garnered the second prize and several special awards in the 2002 China National Music Competition, which included all genres and disciplines of musical performance.
As a vocalist, Ms. Chen has performed solo soprano in The Messiah, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, Troi Chansons de Charles d’Orleans, as well as roles in The Secret Garden (Lily) and Cosí fan tutte (Despina). After graduating from the voice studio of Kathryn Cowdrick and piano studio of Tony Caramia at Eastman School of Music, she has accomplished the Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying under the tutelage on John Forconi. Ms. Chen has worked with Lauren Flanigan, Pat Misslin, Frank Corsaro, Robert McDonald, Cristina Stanescu, Gait Sirguey, and Kwangchul Youn, and has collaborated with aspiring vocalists from the studios of Hilda Harris, Joan Patenaude-Yamell and Cynthia Hoffman. Coco Chen currently holds the appointment of a vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Ms. Chen was featured in the movie “The Piano”, for which she is the lead actress and composer of the sound tracks. This production has been selected to exhibit in many major film festivals, including Festival of Nations-World best short films (Austria); Salento International Film Festival (Italy); Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (U.S.A); San Diego Asian Film Festival (U.S.A).