Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Julia Chen began studying both jazz and classical piano at an early age. She holds a Bachelors in Jazz Piano Performance and a Bachelors in Psychology from the the Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. Her previous teachers include Marco Benevento, Roberta Piket, Billy Hart, and Dan Wall. She has led, composed, and arranged for groups in New York and Oberlin, performing at venues including the Cutting Room in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She has accompanied ballet, modern, and children's dance classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Marymount Manhattan College.
Julia has nine years of experience teaching piano and music lessons to both children and adults. She teaches privately as well as through Soyulla Artists and the Williamsburg Music Studio. She encourages her students to learn music in multiple genres, and to bring in songs or pieces of their own choosing when possible. During lessons she emphasizes improvisation, basic theory knowledge, and ear training. Above all, she attempts to give students music that challenges and excites them, and to help students find a connection to music both within and outside of their lessons.