A native of Taiwan, violinist Taichi Chen joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985, shortly after completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northern Illinois University. He also studied at the Toho Music School in Tokyo and at Boston University. His primary teachers were Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Masao Kawasaki, Roman Totenberg and Namiko Umezu.
He has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival as well as numerous chamber music concerts in the United States and Taiwan. He counts among his interests chess and organic farming, the latter of which he and his wife, Robin, do in Finlayson, Minnesota.