Piano: Ching-Wen Hsiao

ching-wen-hsiao-piano-photoTaiwanese-American pianist, Dr. Ching-Wen Hsiao, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Hsiao made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen in the Philippines, giving four performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cebu Youth Symphony. Since then, she has appeared with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in New York, New York Youth Symphony, Arts Viva Orchestra in Illinois, Du Page County Youth Symphony, and Yi-Qi Orchestra and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. First Prize winner of the 1995 Taiwan National Piano Competition, Dr. Hsiao has won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School, Steinway Chicago’s Solo and Piano Concerto Competitions, American Musician Scholarship Competition, and the MTNA Illinois State and MTNA Eastern Central Division Piano Competitions. She is a recipient of the “New Rising Star” Award, granted by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. Dr. Hsiao has performed with renown violinist, Cho-Liang Lin, at Alice Tully Hall and University of Texas at Austin and collaborated with esteemed conductors, including Kurt Masur, James DePreist, and James Conlon. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Star” series, ancient Olympia in Greece, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Her performances have been broadcasted live on WNIB and WQXR. An advocate of contemporary music, her performance of John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy earned the composer’s high acclaim. Dr. Hsiao holds her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal. Upon graduation, she received the “Outstanding Pianist” Award. She has served as Itzhak Perlman’s studio accompanist and performed in a masterclass for pianist, Krystian Zimmerman. Dr. Hsiao is Assistant Professor of Piano at West Virginia University. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a member of the piano faculty at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division and Assistant Professor of Piano at Southeastern University, where she received the “Outstanding Scholarship” Award. Dr. Hsiao has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal, and U.S.-China Piano Festival in Xinjiang, China. She was also the Executive Director at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in New York. Dr. Hsiao is a frequent adjudicator at piano competitions in NY, NJ, CT, FL, and IL states. Her 2016-2017 season includes recitals in Steinway Hall, Washington DC, China, and Thailand and teaching at Interharmony and Saarsburg music festivals.

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