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Alex Chen


Alex Chen, age 12, is currently a 7th grader at Crestview Middle School in St Louis, Missouri. Alex started piano lesson at age 5. He has been studying piano with Mrs. Zena Ilyashov since age 8.

Alex has been awarded the Steinway Piano Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year at Community Music School of Webster University. In 2017, Alex won the alternate at the MTNA Junior Piano state competition. Alex was the gold medal winner of 2017 St. Louis Young Artist Piano Competition of Division I (grade 6-7). Alex was a three-time winner of the Missouri Music Teachers Association State Piano Competition. In 2016, Alex won Honorable Mention at the 1st St Louis Instruments Competition (up to age 18 for all instruments).

During summer, Alex often attends music summer camps to expand his horizons. He participated in Webster University’s Chamber Music Encounter for 3 summers from year 2013 to year 2015. In the summer of 2016 he received a scholarship and attended 2 weeks of summer camp at International Institute of Young Musicians in Kansas University.

Alex plays cello at school orchestra and regularly performs at senior housing centers with his Rockin String orchestra. Alex’s other interest includes tennis, math and comedy show.

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