1. Faculty

Rose Chen

Rose Chen currently serves on the chamber music faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-College Division. Ms. Chen received both her Master of Music (2002) and Graduate Performance Diploma (2004) degrees in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Mr. Boris Slutsky. While completing her degrees at Peabody Conservatory, Ms. Chen was granted a full scholarship with teaching assistantship. She has expressed her deep enthusiasm and love for music through her numerous appearances in solo performances and chamber recitals. Currently, Ms. Chen maintains an active piano studio in west San Jose, where her passion for cultivating a love of music in her students has guided many of them to achieve great success in their own musical careers. Her students have won many international competitions and received distinction honors in musical programs such as the Music Teacher Association of California's Young Artist Guild and Panel Honor evaluations. Many of her students went on to major in music after being admitted to leading music schools such as Juilliard Music School, Peabody Conservatory, Northwestern University, UCLA, San Francisco Conservatory and more. Ms. Chen is proud to share the message of music to young musical artists and hopes to inspire them to continue pursuing music throughout their lives.

Courses Taught

  • Pre-College Chamber Music


  • GPD, Peabody Conservatory
  • MM, Peabody Conservatory

What is your hometown?


What is your favorite recording? Why?

Alexander Kobrin’s Schubert Album. Listening to this album really can bring joy, peace and love in my heart. 

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Baking and cooking

Who were your major teachers?

Mr. Boris Slutsky 

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

Why you love music so much? 

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I won a competition when I was in high school. 

What was a turning point in your career?

Last summer attending VIVACE International Music Festival in NC. 

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

 I will be an artist, painting. Or own a bakery, baking everyday. 

What is your daily practice routine?

After sending kids to school. I usually practice 1-3 hours in the morning. 

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Beethoven, Chopin

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you, and why?

1741 Germany. Because that’s the year when Goldberg Variations was first published. 

What do you think makes a concert experience unique?

The connection between the artist and the audience. 

Please list your most important collaborations.

I collaborated with Ching-Wen Hsaio, Konstantinos Valianatos, Sandra Shen and Wei Coglio in a faculty recital at C’est Bon Chamber Music Academy in 2022