Born in 1956 in Yulin, Chen started learning Chinese flute at 11, and at the age of 15 he was admitted to Taichung Normal College, where he joined the Chinese Music Club. In 1973, he won 2nd place with his own creation Shantou (mountain waves) in High School Group of Chinese Wind instruments of Taiwan Music Contest. In 1974, he started learning western flute from Chen Cheng-hsiung and music theory from Lai Te-he. In 1982, he was admitted to Department of Music, Soochow University, where he majored in composition and learned from Ma Shui-long and Lu Yen. His Chinese musical compositions are unique in style and feature innovative fusions of the East and the West, of the traditional and the modern, and of China and Taiwan, while his musical creations for Chinese flute and xiao are often marked with technical creativity and breakthroughs. So far he has been commissioned to compose or premiere over five musical works for Chinese flute and xiao. Recently he made another outstanding contribution to the development of Chinese flute and xiao music in Taiwan with his invention of Chen’s Semitone Flute, which brings the flute functionality to the next level and has been widely adopted by many professional Chinese music performing groups. His musical achievements have won him awards like Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan (1992) and Zhongxing Arts and Culture Awards (Music category, 1998).