Chen Yue (陈悦) was born April the 9th 1978, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. She began her playing the traditional Chinese bamboo flute (dizi) as a child, receiving her earliest instruction from her father. By the age of 12 she was already a well-known local performer and was sent to study privately with the master teacher, Zhao Songting. In 1993 she entered the Middle School of the China Conservatory of Music, where she was admitted as an undergraduate in 1996. The next year she was invited by China Central Television to participate in the national celebration of Hong Kong’s retrocession to China. In 2000 Chen graduated from the China Conservatory of Music and was the first woman to receive a Master’s degree in traditional Chinese flute performance. While at the China Conservatory, she studied with such modern flute masters as Zhang Weiliang and Jiang Guoji. Following graduation Chen began teaching flute at the China Conservatory.
In addition to her teaching, Chen Yue is much in-demand as a musician, performing several times on the Annual Spring Festival broadcast - arguably, the most watched television broadcast in the world. She was guest artist at the Special Olympics theme show of the Beijing Culture Festival in Moscow in 2001, a featured performer at the 2003 “Year of China” in France and was selected as one of the official musical representatives of China for the Beijing Week of the Chinese Culture Festival in Washington D.C. in 2005. That same year, Chen began her long-standing collaboration with pianist Richard Clayderman, touring with him all over the world. In May 2006, she joined the China National Symphony Orchestra on their US tour and in 2007 was one of the featured performers at one of the music industry’s largest international trade shows, the MIDEM exposition in Cannes, France. Later in 2007 she was invited to Denmark where she had the opportunity to meet the Danish Royal Family and performed a series of successful concerts with guitarist Lars Hannibal and Michala Petri as part of the “East Meets West” project.
Chen is currently a member of the Traditional Wind Instruments Institute of the China Musicians Association, China Traditional Wind and String Music Institute and is vice-secretary of Chinese Flute Majors’ Institute and has published several scholarly articles on the history of the Dizi. She has concertized throughout Asia, the Pacific Rim, Europe and America and has been a soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the China Central Folk Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra and the Greek National Symphony Orchestra. She has released many albums, popular both within China and internationally, including “Bamboo Love”, “Song without Lyrics”, “Color of Flute”, “Red •Piano Impromptu”, “Spirits – East Meets West” and “China Joy”.