Ellen Chen-Livingston

First Violin

Selma Wiener Berkman Memorial Chair


Ellen Chen-Livingston joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1998 under the baton of Mariss Jansons. She holds the Selma Wiener Berkman Memorial Chair. Prior to her engagement with the Pittsburgh Symphony, she served as a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. 

A native of Arlington, Texas, Ellen Chen-Livingston began violin at age six. Her early influences and teachers were Bruce and Joanne Erwin, and Robert Davidovici. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Chen-Livingston completed the accelerated degree program and received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in five years as a student of Cho-Liang Lin. Chen-Livingston was invited by Jaime Laredo to serve as concertmaster of the New York String Seminar Orchestra. She also spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and National Repertory Orchestra. Chen-Livingston has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on numerous community engagement and chamber orchestra concerts. She has also collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman, Osmo Vänskä and Andrés Cárdenes in chamber music performances. 

Dedicated to teaching young students, Ellen Livingston-Chen maintains a private studio in her home in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. She is married to Garnett Livingston, chef and owner of La Maison Private Dining. Together they enjoy fine dining, wine and travel with their three children.