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Cristopher and Michelle Kuo

Piano

Biography

Michelle Chen Kuo (Chen Chou-Hsia) is a critically acclaimed concert pianist, teacher, and philanthropist. Michelle's formative years as a pianist began in her native Taiwan, where she graduated with the highest achievement from Kuang-Jen Music School and went on to have her solo debut in Taipei at the age of 16 after winning the Taiwan National Piano Competition three years consecutively. As the first-prize winner of the National Piano Competition in Hong Kong and recipient of the Tom Lee Scholarship, she represented Hong Kong at the London Arts Festival. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and her Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School with high distinction.

Christopher received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Statistics from the Leonard Ni Stern School of Business of New York University with high distinction as the recipient of the Beta amma Sigma Scholastic Award, Sally Blount Social Impact Award, and the Presidential Service Awardi He is currently a Director at Citigroup in the Emerging Markets Credit Trading division. He is the recipient of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation 2020 iving Back Awardi Christopher has studied with his mother, his only teacher, since he was five years old.

Michelle and Christopher are a mother & son two piano team on a mission to make the world a better place. They are currently on a benefit concert tour, using their talents to raise money for nonprofits in the hunger relief, education, and social service sectorsChristopher was inspired to launch their project in 2016 to give his mother a chance to live her performance dreams after she sacrificed her career to raise her children. They have performed together in many major performance spaces, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, the Eisemann Center in Dallas, and the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Musici In collaboration with many inspiring philanthropic organizations, they have been able to help raise more than $2,200,000 for social causes. Their partners include national organizations including Feeding America, Minds Matter, RLC, and the Chinese-American Planning Council, and their sponsors include the Taiwanese Economic & Cultural Development Office, Cathay Bank, and the Miranda Lux Foundation. Their project has been featured on NBC Bay Area, Asian American Life, and documentary short films have been produced by San Francisco based Feast Studios and Los Angeles based Elu Studios.

 

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