“The Hexa Ligature is my favorite ligature and it always gives me a warm and clean sound.”
International Clarinetist Chao Chen got his degree of Master of performance from the Royal Northern Collge of Music ( UK ) as the first solo bass clarinet student in the UK’s history and his studies at the RNCM have been most generously supported by a Thomas W Swift Award. Chao won the first Anhui Provincial wind Competition，Yamaha wind Competition China，the First Monterrey International Bass clarinet Competition ，the First Asian Bass clarinet Competition and Web ClarinetOnline Contest of Accademia Italiana DEL Clarinetto
Chao graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music ( China ) and gained an Artist Diploma.He was also awarded a Bachelor degree in International finance from Nanjing University of Aeromautics and Astronautics. Chao’s main clarinet teachers are Sarah Watts , Nicholas Cox , Matthew Hunt , Chris Swann , Rocco Parisi，Rupert Wachter , Keith Lipson and Lei Fan.
Chao has held the position of Principal Clarinet with the Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra when he was 21 years old and was Third Principal Clarinet with the Dunshan Wind Orchestra. He also worked with many professional orchestra in the world as a gust clarinetist, including the Martha Graham Ballet Orchestra, the EOS Orchestra, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Guiyang symphony Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Yellow River Symphony Orchestra ,China National Opera and the Dance Drama Theater Orchestra. As a successful chamber musician ,Chao Chen and his some good friends formed China’s first professional clarinet quartet “Fantasy” in 2016 and gave a concert tour in Asian.in 2017, invited by China Central Television,he and his close friend Professor Tao Wang performed a clarinet duo live on national TV.
In addition, Chao Chen is often be invited to hold master classes, recitals and Jury by many Conservatory, Music Festival or International Competition, including Conservatorio Cuneo（IT), Conservatorio A.Vivaldi Alessandria（IT), Ocean University of China(CN), The Central Conservatory of Music(CN), The Zhejiang Comservatory of Music(CN), Qingdao International Clarinet Festival (CN), Shijiazhang International Music Summer Camp（CN), Lanzhou International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival（CN), Lviv International Competition（UA), Single Reed Festival（UK),etc
Chao Chen is finishing his doctoral course（DM) of clarinet performance and he is a Silverstein Artist and Danzi Reed Artist.