A renowned pipa player born in Shanghai, Gloria Chien entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of nine, where she learned the pipa under the tutelage of famous virtuosi in the genre as Wei Zhongle, Ye Xuran and Lin Shicheng, and gave her solo performances in the Shanghai Spring Festival when she was eleven.
This is what a music critic says about her playing, “exquisite and full of feminine grace … there is spiritedness under the virtuosity, sincerity, warmth and elelgant charm under the well-honed techniques. … She deserves to be classed as an artist of the top rung whether by the external criterion of style as a musician, or by the profuntidy of her academic accomplishments that comes from within.”
On leaving school, Gloria joined the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra as a pipa player before resettling in Hong Kong, where she has worked in the Music Office of Hong Kong Government, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Gloria Chien was invited to give recital performances in Hong Kong and overseas, and to play in pipa concertos with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Phiharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Taiwan Provincial Symphony Orchestra.