Elise Chen is a piano teacher and accompanist based in central Auckland. She graduated with a BMus (Hon) with First Class Honours and a Master of Music degree from the University of Auckland. Elise was majored in Classical Performance and studied under the tutelage of Rae de Lisle. During her study at the University of Auckland, she was awarded the Anna Nathan Prize in Early Keyboard Music, Janetta McStay Prize for Pianists, Llewelyn Jones Prize for Pianist and a First in Course Award.
Elise enjoys being a collaborative pianist. She has worked with singers, instrumentalists and school choir. Her university chamber music group was selected to play in the prize giving concert of Auckland Chamber Music Society in consecutive years. Notably in 2019, Elise has performed in collaboration at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie in New York, USA.
An enthusiastic learner, Elise has participated in numerous performance masterclasses and pedagogical seminars. Piano festivals she has attended included the Wallace International Piano Festival 2018 in Auckland and International Maestro Piano Festival held in Taipei (2019 & 2020). She was taught in masterclasses given by acclaimed pianists such as Robert Levin, Michael Houstoun, Douglas Humphreys, Ilana Vered, Michael Tsalka, Yoshikazu Nagai, Alvaro Teixeira Lopes and Yaron Kolhberg.
Elise aspired to foster student’s imagination and healthy playing technique. She has found teaching to be an incredibly stimulating and rewarding experience in terms of tailoring the lesson activities to help students learn effectively and grow as a musician. Her students frequently achieved great success in graded exams and local competitions. Originally from Taiwan, Elise is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and English, the lesson can be taught in either language.