Chienhwe is a Taiwanese born, New York City trained, Boston based performing artist, teacher and guide. Her first experience of the arts was as a toddler when her parents took her to martial arts lessons where she learned traditional Tai-chi. She later discovered the Shaolin Temple in China and trained under Sifu Si Yan Ming at the USA Shaolin Temple in New York City. She will be training at the Shaolin Temple School in China in the summer of July 2018 with the Kung Fu Heroes, Shaolin Legends, Shaolin Monks and martial artists who have choreographed for Cirque du Soleil and performed with Jackie Chan.
Her mother discovered Chienhwe’s musical abilities when she overheard Chienhwe play a commercial jingle on her toy piano at the age of 4, so she decided to gift her with an upright piano and put her in classical piano lessons. Chienhwe continued her studies under the direction of Betty Tipton for 11 years. Chienhwe now teaches piano, plays her ukulele named “Frankie,” her mini guitar named “Vinnie,” and is saving up to invest in a new baby grand piano named “Charlie” after the great Charles Mingus.
Dance became Chienhwe’s favorite medicine when she begged her mother for ballet classes at the age of 7. She’s been hooked to her dancing feet since, and has earned a few stripes including Miss Teen Dance and Miss Dance of Cape Cod, leading roles in the Mid-Cape Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker, performing at City Center with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ailey’s classic “Revelations” while earning a degree at The Ailey School/Fordham University Bachelor in Fine Arts program. Internationally, she has danced at the Hong Kong Polo Club, performed for Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry, made the Top 100 of So You Think You Can Dance of Boston and received Boston’s very own Emerging Artist Award from Green Street Studios.
Recently, you may find Chienhwe under the alias of 1ooo virtues (1KV) in the magical melting pot that is “Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment” in Somerville, MA under the direction of Catherine Musinsky. You may have also caught her in the original rock theater production “The Pillow Men,” which debuted at A.R.T.’s Oberon. Or, you may see her rocking out at her very own performance party platform “Soul Sessions” in a cozy, lit art studio near you or at Rocco Ricci’s Famous Art School where you’ll catch original songs and tunes.