Samuel Chen is a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. He won numerous competitions including the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition for Young Artists at the state level, University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Morning Music Club Scholarship Competition, and Hawaii Music Teachers Association Piano Competition. Recent engagements include performances of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall and the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto with the Oahu Civic Orchestra.
Samuel earned his Bachelor of Music degree and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he studied with Dr. Thomas Yee. His accomplishments in music led him to receive the John Young Scholarship in the Arts and Presser Foundation Scholarship. During his undergraduate career, he completed a conducting recital which featured the symphonic and chamber works of Mozart. He also conducted the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra on multiple performances. In addition, Samuel participated in the Monteux School and Music Festival as a pianist and violinist.
Samuel serves on the faculty at Waialae Arts Program, teaching both piano and violin. His pedagogy skills and philosophies are largely inspired by his principal teachers, Dr. Thomas Yee and Joseph Stepec.