Chien-Nien Chen, (Musical Director) is a native of Taiwan. He is currently enrolled in the graduate composition program in film scoring at New York University. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree in Music from Tunghai University in 2000, he served as resident composer and principal saxophonist for the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense, performing original compositions at several national ceremonies, parades, and state functions.

Recently, Mr. Chen has been awarded the NYU Composition Competition prize for his Island of The Legend, a large-scale symphonic work that portrays the vivid life of Taiwan. Mr. Chen is also an active conductor. He has conducted the symphony orchestra and concert band of the Ministry of National defense in Taiwan and currently serves as assistant conductor of the NYU Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Chen is the musical director of the theatre group The Thirteen Months.