Yu-Cheng Chen

Yu-Cheng Chen

Key Facts


As a professional percussionist, Yu-Cheng has premiered many percussion pieces in Taiwan, devoting most of his time to playing pieces of contemporary music. His masters essay A Multiple Percussion Study on <Interieur I> by Helmut Lachenmann   is seen in Taiwan as important research in contemporary music.

Yu-Cheng won many prizes, including First Prize in the Doris Newton Prize, Ambache Competition, Leamington Chamber Competition and Conservatoire Percussion Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire; Second Prize in the Italy Percussion Arts Society Snare Drum Competition and Birmingham Philharmonic Concerto Prize.

Performance highlights for Yu-Cheng have included concerto appearances with Lien Percussion Group and Phonon Percussion Group. In 2016, he played Percussion Concerto by Joseph Schwantner with Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra, and got Distinction and Fantastic Feedback. In 2015, he played a world premier piece After the Mist and Shadow by Ting-Chuan Chen with Tunghai University Percussion Ensemble.

Yu-Cheng was born in Taiwan and is now Co-Principal Timpanist of Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China.


Musicians’ Company Award: Silver Medal – Birmingham 2016

Page Updated: May 2018