Born in Chongqing, China, Chen Sa has been delighting audiences worldwide since 1996 when, at the age of 16, she appeared live on BBC Television in the final of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. She was subsequently offered a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she studied with Joan Havill and earned a master’s degree in performance, continuing her studies under Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover.
As a soloist, Chen Sa has collaborated with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Edo de Waart and Semyon Bychkov, performing with major international orchestras including the London and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra among many others.
Chen Sa appears in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle and Sydney Opera House, as well as at the Louvre in Paris. She is regularly invited to major festivals such as the International Chopin Festival in Poland and the Lockenhaus Music Festival in Austria, and was selected for the prestigious 2002 Tokyo series ‘The 100 Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century’. Chen Sa has won prizes at several competitions at an early age including the inaugural China International Piano Competition in 1994, the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition and the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.