Ariel Chien is a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Menlo-Atherton High School. She began studying piano at eight with Megan Chen and continued with Daniel Cheng. She currently studies with Sandra Wright Shen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College. Ariel is a second-year scholarship recipient of the Chopin Foundation of the United States. She is the prize winner of numerous piano competitions, including the 2022 US Open Music Competition, 2021 San Jose International Piano Competition, 2019 Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition, and 2018, 2019, and 2020 USIMC Young Artist Award. Ariel has performed in masterclasses with great pianists, including John Perry, Ann Schein, Sasha Starcevich, Ning An, and Christopher O’Riley. In addition to her music studies, Ariel enjoys playing badminton, table tennis, and cooking.