Artistic Committee member
Gu Chen, started his violin lessons at the age of four, and gave his first public performance at the age of nine, after winning the first prize of Shanghai Music competition for talented young musicians.
1993, he was a prize winner of the 5th National Violin Competition in China. And he played recitals and concerto performances with orchestras in Shanghai, Beijing and many other cities of China.
1996, he moved to Sydney and studied for his Bachelor’s degree of music at the Australian Institute of Music as the only full scholarship student at the time. The same year, he won the first prize in National Chopin and Weiniawski Competition in Townsville, Queensland.
1997, he was a prize winner of the 7th International Weiniawski and Lipinski Violin Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin, Poland.
1998, he was the silver medal winner of the 2nd Novosibirsk International Violin Competition in Novosibirsk, Russia, which was organized by Prof. Zakhar Bron.
1999, he won the Richard Goldner Scholarship, Kendal Violin Competition and the Dorcas McClean Scholarship of the Melbourne University in Australia.
2000, he was a prize winner of the International Yehudi Menuhin violin competition in Folkestone, England.
2004, he was awarded the young string player of the year from the Symphony Australia’s Young Performer’s award competition.
2005, he made his solo performance debut with the Sydney Symphony in an open air concert at the Sydney Olympic Park for over ten thousand audiences.
He has been a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony since 2001. And in 2005-2006 season, he has been acting Associate Concertmaster.He was invited to play as a Guest Concertmaster with the Macao Orchestra in the performance of the Madam Butterfly as the opening concert of the 2005 Macao International Music Festival. And in 2006, he has been invited back to lead the orchestra in the performance of the MAHLER 8th Symphony as the highlight of the 20th Anniversary of the Macao International Music Festival .
2007, he was invited to take up the Concertmaster position of the Macao Orchestra under the approvement of the Chief Executive of Macao.
He gave recitals, concerto performances frequently in China, Macao, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia. And as a chamber musician, he is the director of the Macao orchestra chamber music series. And he has frequently appeared in the Government house chamber concert series in Sydney as a member of the Sydney Soloists and the Utzon Ensemble.
Gu Chen is currently the concertmaster of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.
Gu Chen plays on a 1860 Antonio Guadagnini.