Pei-Fen Chen (Beth) is currently undertaking a PhD course at the University of Manchester with Professor Barry Cooper. She holds ORS and URS awards this year and is working on a project aiming to identify the implication of Mozart’s slurring for modern performances.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Pei-Fen began her music courses at about the age of five, formal piano lessons at seven, first public performance in an ensemble at eight, and she received her first violin lesson at around eleven. She went on to read music until she received her Master degree from Taipei National University of the Arts.
Her research interests since then has focused on 18th-century composers and she has been an in demand programme-notes writer.
Later, she won sponsorship from the Taiwan Government for her further studies and research.
As a pianist, she has taken part in master classes, summer courses and has enjoyed playing with really gifted musicians.
As a music enthusiast, she keeps exploring music by studying, playing and even composing music. Besides her main research on Mozart, she carries on her piano lessons with Martin Roscoe and in 2003 she started to play the organ.
She came especially to Tockington as one of the students of Alexander Trostiansky Master class to “explore” the violin.