Born in Brazil, Araceli Chacon made her first appearance as a soloist with an orchestra at age 9. Over her esteemed career, she has won numerous competitions, special awards, and received nearly 30 scholarships, including a full scholarship to The Juilliard School in New York for her Doctoral studies, where she studied with Jacob Lateiner and Seymour Lipkin.
Chacon has played with the Symphony Orchestras of Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, and the State of São Paulo; USP Orchestra; Charleston Symphony Orchestra; and the Cape Town Symphony. Throughout her career, she has worked under the musical direction of Omri Hadari, Elliot Carter, Camargo Guarnieri, Claudio Santoro, Bologna Ronaldo, Roberto Minczuk, Paul Zukofsky, and John Cage, among others. In addition, Chacon has toured all over the world, playing solo, with chamber groups, or symphony orchestras in Brazil, United States, Canada, Germany, and South Africa. From 1992 to 2008, she served as a piano and chamber music teacher at the Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). Chacon has made several live recordings for radio and television stations in Brazil, Canada, United States, and South Africa.
Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen has garnered awards from the Wonderlic Piano Competition in Baltimore, the International Music Festival in Siena, Italy, and in her native Taiwan, the Kaohsiung City , the National Taiwan Normal University , and the Kawai Piano competitions.
Ms. Chen has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and has appeared in major performance venues such as Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and the Kennedy Center. She has also participated in various festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Barge Music Festival in NYC. the Chigiana Summer Academy in Siena Italy, and the Heifetz International Music Festival.
Since completing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2014, Hui-Chuan has devoted herself as a teacher and collaborator at the Peabody Conservatory and the Peabody Preparatory. Currently on faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Washington Conservatory of Music, she also served as board member and faculty for JoyStar, a Baltimore-based education center.