Born in Los Angeles, Wendy Chen completed music studies at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore under the guidance of Leon Fleisher. She has won many prizes, including First Prize in the National Chopin Competition in Miami (1990) and in the Washington International Competition.
At the age of fifteen, Wendy Chen made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of André Previn.
She has worked with such orchestras as the Pacific Symphony, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Utah Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Uruguay's Orquesta Sinfonica del Sodres, New Zealand's Auckland Philharmonia, Wellington Sinfonia and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of such conductors as André Previn, Carl St Clair, Keith Lockhart, Marco Armiliato, Michael Stern, Federico Cortese and Larry Rachleff.
Wendy Chen gives recitals across the United States, including at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York and the John
F. Kennedy Center in Washington.
She has also displayed her talent as a chamber musician during festival appearances in the USA (Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Boston, Charleston, Aspen, Seattle and Spoleto) and Canada (Montreal).
Among her most important artistic engagements during the 2007/08 season have been concerts in South Korea and South America.
Besides her concert work, Chen also gives masterclasses in the USA.
Wendy Chen has recordings for several labels to her name, including RCM (works by Chopin), Analekta and CBC Toronto.