Lipeng Chen joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as violinist in 2017. Lipeng began her career in 1998 as a full-time violinist with the Chongqing Symphony Orchestra in China. She was an Associate Concertmaster with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Arts Orchestra. She has performed with the China National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rockford Symphony, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Portugal Lisbon Symphony, and other regional and national orchestras.
Lipeng has performed with many world-famous musicians, including maestros Riccardo Muti, Jaap Van Sweden, Andrew Constantine, and Michael Tilson Thomas; soloists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham; and legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She was invited to music festivals such as Eastern Music Festival Faculty Orchestra, ICICLE Music Festival, Cantan International Music Festival, Great Wall Music Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra. She has toured and performed in China, Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo Japan and throughout the United States.
Following in the footsteps of Yo-Yo Ma’s Citizen Musician initiative, Lipeng is a strong believer and advocate of community enrichment through classical music. She has many years of experience in community engagement, having served as string ensemble leader for MusiCorps Music Education & Advocacy Program under the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and brought classical music to many Indiana and North Carolina communities through the educational outreach programs of the Muncie Symphony and the Eastern Music Festival Faculty Orchestra.
She has passion for teaching and maintains her music studio. Her students have won violin and piano competitions in Illinois, Indiana, China, and Hong Kong.
Lipeng studied, with full scholarship, at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Ball State University.