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Mr. Chen was born in a music family; his father was a Cello professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Principal Cellist of Shanghai Philharmonic. His mother was a Piano professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Before coming to U.S. in 1982, he was the principal Cellist at Shanghai Ballet Orchestra. After receiving his bachelor and master’s degrees in Cello from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the guidance of the renowned cellist, a winner of Naumburg International Cello Competition, Professor Bonnie Hampton (currently a faculty member at Juilliard Music School) with a full scholarship, he has been active in solo performance and music education. He is one of the founding members of the Shanghai Trio and Enchante String Quartet. He is a substitute member of San Francisco Symphony, a judge for the CMTANC Youth Music Competition. He teaches in Fremont Youth Symphony and El Camino Youth Symphony and in his private studios in Fremont and Cupertino.
After teaching full-time in the Bay area for nine years, he has developed many excellent students. His students have won numerous competitions. Students received full scholarships from National Youth Symphony summer Camp, performed as a soloist with California Youth Symphony and
invited to perform as an soloist with the DVC Philharmonic.
Many students are participating in various youth symphonies, including California Youth Symphony (CYS), Oakland Youth Symphony, El Camino Youth Symphony and San Jose Youth Symphony, etc. Currently, five of his students are members of the California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra and Principle Cello of Associate Orchestra.
Mark M. May 28, 2011
"This teacher charges a prenium for his cello class and you can only pay cash for all his classes (tax free maybe?). During two years of my daughter's lesson with him, he raised the tuition every year with mandatory 4 weeks of "paid vacation" for himself. The tuition is based on a monthly fee, not on per lesson basis. If my daughter is sick, we wil lose the money for that class without make up lesson. We also feel like that the teacher always seems very busy and he's not willing to offer make up lessons as well. He obviously doesn't care about the students but his own profit and busy schedule. Each recital costs $50, which is much more expensive than other teachers. Overall, we are very unhappy with David Chen and have seen other parents leaving the class within a year. We will withdraw from his class after this school year."
minhthi N. January 4
"I have been taking cello lessons with David for about a year. During this time I had to temporarily stop lessons due to a personal matter, but David was understanding. In fact, he offered to continue lessons when I was ready. I will admit that he is pricier compared to other teachers, however you get what you pay for (a credible teacher). Most importantly, if you are a serious student, then you will make the best out of each lesson. I have always been able to make up my lessons – as long as you notify him in advance and there aren’t “patterns” in absences."