Janice Chen – Oboe
Born in Taiwan in 1992, Janice began studying the oboe
at the age of 12. Having graduated from Taipei
University of The Arts, she finished her master degree in 2017 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied with Nicholas Daniel and Gordon Hunt.
She is now studying towards a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with Melanie Ragge.
She has regularly performed as principle oboe with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra / Guildhall opera orchestra at the Barbican Centre and has played the 2nd Oboe with London Symphony Orchestra under Ser Simon Rattle.
She has also performed at international festivals, including the Asian Double Reed Association, Bangkok 2011, British Isles Music Festival 2013 and the International Oboe Course, Corfu 2014, MC Klauen Master class 2017 and the Herbstgold- Festival in Eisenstadt where she was chosen to study with Master Francois Leleux.
She is the winner of the National Taiwan music competition Excellence Award, the National Taiwan Universities music academic admission first place
and she was selected as a competitor of the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, 2017.
Having given many recitals in Taiwan, she has been giving recitals in London, with venues including Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre; Bloomsbury
Baptist Church, central London and St. James’s Church, Piccadilly. She has been invited to perform an oboe solo programme by Richard Rodney Bennett in the BBC Total Immersion Concert, which was later broadcast on BBC radio 3.
Last year, she was invited to perform a recital at the Yuanlin Performance Hall, in collaboration and funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, Taiwan, in order to raise money for various charities.
As the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder, she will continue her Advanced Diploma study at the Royal Academy of Music for 2019 entry.