Xiangyi Chen started playing piano at the age of 4. She went to an arts boarding school in Guangzhou at the age of 5 where she received her education in music, painting, dancing and keyboard theory. For the following 5 years, she studied with Jun Yang, faculty member of the Central Conservatory of music in China and was inspired by many great contemporary pianist in the country. In 2004, at the age of 10, she moved to the city of Shenzhen, China. She entered the Shenzhen Arts School which has a reputation of producing outstanding soloists. She started pursuing piano performance professionally in Shenzhen and had the opportunity to study with great artists from around the world. After five years of professional training in musical courses and piano performance, she became a student of Eleanor Wong in Hong Kong in 2009. Eleanor Wong was recognized as one of the top teachers in Asia, inspiring Xiangyi to achieve higher standards and demand on the piano. In the same year, she won an honorable prize at the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, California.
Xiangyi became a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2012 to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree and study with Professor Eugene Pridonoff and Elisabeth Pridonoff. After their retirement, she studied with Professor Soyoen Kate Lee. During her undergraduate studies, Xiangyi won the CCM annual Scholarship Competition for pianists two times. After graduating from CCM, she became a student of Alexander Korsantia at the New England Conservatory of Music and pursued a master degree and Graduate performance diploma.
She has performed in major music halls throughout China including the Xinghai Concert hall in Guangzhou at the age of 6, Central Concert Hall in Shenzhen, and Hong Kong City Hall at the age of 12. She has remained active attending summer programs over the years, including the PianoSummer at New Paltz by Vladimir Feltsman, Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (two times) by Ching yun HU, and The Auer Workshop by Edward Auer.