One of the most prominent conductors in Taiwan, Chih-Sheng Chen founded the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (gCO) in 2000. Acting as the artistic director and conductor, the orchestra strikes to present Chinese music of the highest quality to a wide range of audiences. Chen has produced/conducted close to one thousand concerts, including the orchestra’s national and international tours and a full season at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall. He also presents educational programs throughout Taiwan, and collaborates with various organizations. Under his leadership, the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra was nominated by the Taishin Arts Awards for the Best Performing Arts category in Taiwan 2011.
Chen is active on the international stage as a conductor, educator, and arts administrator, crossing between the disciplines of Chinese music, cross-cultural music, and western contemporary music, and in both orchestral and chamber music settings. He has been a guest conductor in Europe (Atlas Ensemble, Amsterdam), Canada (Sound of Dragon Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Toronto Chinese Orchestra, Edmonton Chinese Orchestra, BC Chinese Orchestra, BC Chinese Ensemble, Dim Sum Ensemble); China (Zhejiang Song and Dance Theatre Chinese Orchestra, Heilongjiang Song and Dance Theatre Chinese Orchestra, Shenfeng Ensemble of Beijing Central Conservatory, Henan Ping Ding Mountain Chinese Orchestra, and Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Henan, Guangdong, Jilin Chinese Orchestra), South Asia (Singapore Ding Yi Orchestra), and Taiwan (Quanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony, Taiwan Chinese Orchestra, Kaoshiung Chinese Orchestra). He has been frequently invited to conduct the ensembles at various universities and schools throughout China, including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. From 2004 to 2008, Chen was the Associate Conductor of the Taipei Chinese Youth Orchestra and Teachers Orchestra. He was the executive director of the Quanta Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Chen gives lectures and master classes on arts administration, ensemble training, and orchestral development.
Chen holds a master degree in conducting from Taiwan’s Fu Jen Catholic University, under the guidance of professor Lian-Chang Kuo. He started his musical training as an erhu (Chinese violin) player at the age of ten. He studied conducting with Ying Lee, and theory with Chao-ying Huang and Shi-Pei Ding. At the same time, Chen holds a Ph. D from the Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry of the National Taiwan University. His solid musical trainings, many years of performance experiences, knowledge of diverse genres and styles, and organizational skills from his science background all contribute to his success in building and managing one of the largest and most active Chinese orchestras in the world. “Chinese music is my true calling in life,” he says.
小巨人絲竹樂團之外，陳君亦活躍於國內外重要舞台，範圍涵蓋國樂、西樂、樂團行政及音樂教育等領域。曾與荷蘭新室內樂團 (Nieuw Ensemble)、加拿大溫哥華跨文化管弦樂團 (Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra)、長榮交響樂團、廣藝愛樂管弦樂團、加拿大多倫多中樂團、加拿大龍吟滄海室內樂團、加拿大愛民頓中樂團、加拿大BC中樂團、加拿大蘭韻中樂團、先嗇宮青少年國樂團、加拿大點心室內樂團、新加坡鼎藝團、浙江歌舞劇院民族樂團、江蘇省演藝集團民族樂團、河南民族樂團、北京中央音樂學院聖風組合、重慶民族樂團、成都民族樂團、福建民族樂團、廣東民族樂團、北京民族樂團、黑龍江歌舞劇院民族樂團、吉林民族樂團、高雄市國樂團、臺灣國樂團、河南平頂山民族樂團等合作演出；更多次受邀於國內外各大藝術院校，進行樂團營運、樂隊訓練等專題演講。