Taiwanese-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.
Since winning First Prize at 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
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, such as Kurt Masur,
James DePreist, and James Conlon. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill
Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Ravinia’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 of Music, Master of Music, and Doctorate of Musical Arts
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 music festivals, such as 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.