TCHEN Yu-Chiou is pianist, music educator, and musicologist. Born in Taipei in 1949, CHEN began studying piano performance as a child under the instruction of ZHANG Cai-Xiang. At the age of sixteen, she pursued further study in France and received her degree from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with a first prize in piano and chamber music performance. She returned to Taiwan in 1976 and taught at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) until 2004. She is continuously active at many performance events. She served as chair of the music department, chair of the music graduate program, and dean of the college of the arts at NTNU. In 1993 she founded the Egret Culture and Education Foundation to publicize Taiwan’s musical culture. Dedicated to promoting the cultural and creative industries and policies of Taiwan, since 2000 she has served the government as a minister in the Ministry of Culture, National Policy Advisor to the President, Ambassador-at-Large, Secretary-General of the General Association of Chinese Culture, and chairperson of the board of directors for the National Theater and Concert Hall.