Biography

Anaïs Chen studied the modern violin in Zurich and Detmold before turning to the baroque violin, gaining Master’s degrees with distinction at the Universität der Künste Berlin and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

In 2007 Anaïs Chen won First Prize at the International Chambermusic Competition for Ancient Music Genova Nervi, 2008 she obtained the one year scholarship prize of the Dienemann-Stiftung Lucerne, in 2009 she received the “Aumann-Preis für innovative Interpretation und Neuentdeckungen” on the occasion of the International Biber-Competition St. Florian. Her duo formation L’Istante was elected “2010 promising young ensemble” during the International Young Artist’s Presentation in Antwerp, in 2011 she was awarded the Second Prize on the occasion of the Telemann Competition Magdeburg and with her Ensemble Daimonion she won First Prize and Special Prize at the International Competition Premio Bonporti Rovereto.

In her international career as a soloist, concert master, chamber musician and co-leader of the Ensemble Daimonion and Duo L’Istante Anaïs Chen has performed in important venues in Europe and Asia. She has been regularly invited to perform with ensembles such as La Nuova Musica London, Il Giardino Armonico, Il Profondo, Freitagsakademie Bern, Gli Angeli Genève, La Fenice, Kesselberg Ensemble, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, La Pifarescha, Berlin Baroque, Kammerorchester Basel.

From 2010-2012 she was teaching Baroque Violin at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe.

Anaïs Chen particularly enjoys presenting Early Music in contemporary contexts, as can be seen in her projects EntreTemps or Passagen, performances joining baroque music to contemporary dance on stage.