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Jo-Yu Chen

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A native of Taiwan, Jo-Yu Chen, New York-based jazz pianist/composer, began her formal musical training on piano at the age of five and oboe at the age of nine. In 1990, she moved to New York City to study oboe and piano at the prestigious Juilliard School. After being exposed to this diverse environment in New York, an urge to explore other music genre besides classical slowly revealed itself. In May 2005, after Jo-Yu Chen received her doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, she decided to depart from classical music and jumped into the unknown world of jazz, her secrete passion.