Irene Chen graduated from the University of Washington with a double degree in piano and biochemistry. She also finished a Master’s degree in piano performance as well as music education teaching certification, in which she completed her full-time student teaching with orchestra and choir at Bellevue High School. She is currently the music specialist as well as orchestra and choir director at Rockwell Elementary School.
Irene has received diplomas from masterclasses in Vienna, Austria, studying with Martin Hughes and the renowned Maestro Paul Badura Skoda. Additionally, Irene has participated in masterclass in the US with pianists: Garrick Ohlsson, Peter Takács, Olga Kern, Jonathan Biss, Lydia Artymiw, Eduardus Halim, and Stephen Drury.
Besides performing solo repertoire, Irene is a collaborative pianist, accompanying a range of instruments, from strings and woodwinds to vocalists, for local competitions as well as at the state and national levels. She is currently the accompanist for the Four Seasons Chorus. Irene also enjoys playing in chamber groups for weddings and other events.