Mei-Ann Chen

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Director, Chicago Sinfonietta; Artistic Director, Conductor, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival

Innovation, imagination, passion, and dynamism are the hallmarks of Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, and Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival since 2016, Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike.

A sought-after guest conductor, Chen's reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras globally. She has appeared with distinguished orchestras throughout the United States, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Honors and awards include being named one of Musical America's 2015 Top 30 Influencers, a 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras, First Prize in Copenhagen's 2005 Malko Competition, and several ASCAP awards for innovative programming. Chen also holds the title of Conductor Laureate of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.