“Chen plays like a champion… his sound is round and thick, his technique light and fluent…” (Stephen Pedersen, music critic, Halifax)
Flutist Jack Chen has been in demand as a performer, teacher and clinician in the Maritimes since his arrival in Halifax in 2008.
His performing career has taken him on several US tours, and he appeared in 13 PBS television music specials, as well as on the recent orchestral and cinematic albums “Horizons” (Christopher Nickel), “Dreams of the Forest,” “Awakening” and “Unconditional” (Marc Enfroy). Jack has shared the stage and camera with artists such as Amy Grant, Michael Giacchino, Giorgia Fumanti, Tim Janis, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen.
Jack earned his masters degree in flute and early music performance from Indiana University in the studios of Thomas Robertello and Barbara Kallaur, and his Bachelor’s degree from University of British Columbia studying with Sarah Jackson (LA Phil). Other mentors include Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennet, Robert Dick, Patrick Gallois, Bart Kuijken, Robert Langevin, Emmanuel Pahud and Yong Sun.
Currently on faculty at Acadia University, Jack recently made his solo debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in its Baroque series performing Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2. Jack also coaches several high-energy flute ensembles throughout HRM as well as maintaining a private teaching studio in Halifax.