Assistant Professor - Piano
Taiwanese-American pianist, Ching-Wen Hsiao, has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with conductors, Kurt Masur, James Conlon, and James DePreist, and violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and given performances at such venues as Carnegie’s Issac Stern and Weill Recital Halls, David Geffen Hall, Steinway Hall, Ravinia Steans Institute, Rubinstein-Saal at Munich Steinway Haus, and Taiwan National Concert Hall.
She made her concerto debut at age sixteen with the Cebu Youth Symphony, and has since then appeared as soloist with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Arts Viva Orchestra, DuPage Youth Symphony, West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, Yi-Qi Orchestra, and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcasted live on WNIB, WQXR, and the National Channel of Greece, ERT.
Dr. Hsiao is a founding member of the Lyon Piano Trio and the Valianatos-Hsiao Piano Duo. The trio is scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Spring 2020. An advocate of contemporary music, she is scheduled to record an album of solo piano works by Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin. Together with pianist Konstantinos Valianatos, the Valianatos-Hsiao Piano Duo will record Russian composer Grigory Smirnov’s two-piano work, Stained Glasses.
A graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. in Piano Performance) and recipient of its “Outstanding Pianist Award”, Dr. Hsiao worked closely with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Emilio del Rosario, and Itzhak Perlman. A winner of multiple prizes and awards, she was the gold medalist at the 1995 Taiwan National Piano Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Steinway's Solo Piano and Concerto Competitions, Southeastern University’s “Outstanding Scholarship” Award, and the “Rising Star Award,” granted by the Minister of Culture in Taiwan.
Dr. Hsiao is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Area at West Virginia University and a member of the piano faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Preparatory Division. Previously, she was on the piano faculty at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division, Assistant Professor of Piano at Southeastern University, and Executive Director of Geneva Conservatory of Music of New York. She has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, U.S.-China Piano Festival, and Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal. Since 2018, Dr. Hsiao is the Director of West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival and Regional Director of Elite International Music Competition.