Chinese composer Weijun Chen's (b. 1990) music presents itself with understated, yet deeply-felt elegance. "Unafraid to linger in intense expression" (CVNC), "highly polished" (MusicalAmerica), and "reflected fine command of orchestration and form" (The Aspen Times), Chen's music has been played by renowned ensembles such as the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Slee Sinfonietta, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Linea, the Arditti Quartet, the Spektral Quartet, the Momenta Quartet, the Mivos Quartet, and The Rhythm Method. In addition to the Jacob Druckman Prize from Aspen, Chen has received awards such as the I Creation/Mivos Prize and the American Prize, and was the runner-up in the Red Note Composition Competition and the Frank Robert Abell Competition. He has participated in numerous music festivals and residencies including the Aspen Music Festival, the MATA Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Hambidge Center, SCI National Conference, June in Buffalo, Mise-En Music Festival, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and the Red Note New Music Festival.
Chen attended the Eastman School of Music, earning his bachelor's degree (highest distinction) in composition and theory. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at the University at Buffalo, where his principal teacher is David Felder.