Stella Chen ’16 MM Wins Queen Elisabeth

Chen studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and completed the Harvard/NEC dual degree program.

Stella Chen closes her eyes and lifts her bow from her violin

Violinist Stella Chen ’16 MM Harvard/NEC has won the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition. Her first place ‘Queen Mathilde Prize’ includes a €25,000 prize and concert opportunities in Belgium and abroad. She also receives the privilege of playing the 'Huggins' 1708 Stradivarius for four years.

Chen and the other finalists performed with the Belgian National Orchestra conducted by NEC's Hugh Wolff.

As a Harvard/NEC dual degree student, Chen studied psychology at Harvard and completed her NEC Master's as a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, who was herself a Queen Elisabeth first prizewinner in 1971.

Fellow NEC alumni Luke Hsu ’14 MM, ’16 GD and Ji Won Song ’17 MM also competed in this year's Queen Elisabeth and finished as laureates.

Chen, Hsu, and Song are the latest in a long lineage of NEC Queen Elisabeth laureates and prizewinners:

Learn more about previous NEC prizewinners at Queen Elisabeth 

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