Taiwanese-born violist Youming Chen (pronounced YO-ming) was appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during its 125th season. Chen served as Associate Principal Viola of the Kansas City Symphony and was a member of the Grant Park Music Festival. He also performs with International Chamber Artists in the Chicago area. He has previously participated in Pacific Music, Aspen Music, Prussia Cove, and Music@Menlo festivals. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Master of Music degree from Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.