Ching Wen Hsiao
Assistant Professor - Piano
Taiwanese-American pianist, Ching-Wen Hsiao, performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the North America, Europe, and Asia. Since her concerto debut at age sixteen with the Cebu Youth Symphony in the Philippines, she has appeared with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Arts
Viva Orchestra, Du Page County Youth Symphony, West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, Yi-Qi Orchestra, and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.
First Prize winner of the 1995 Taiwan National Piano Competition, Dr. Hsiao won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School, Steinway Solo Piano and Concerto Competitions, American Musician Scholarship Competition, and MTNA Illinois State and Eastern Central Division Piano Competitions. She was a national finalist of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II and was a recipient of Taiwan’s “Rising Star” Award, which led to recurring performances at Taiwan National Concert Hall.
Dr. Hsiao has performed with renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin at Alice Tully Hall and University of Texas in Austin and collaborated with esteemed conductors, such as Kurt Masur, James DePreist, and James Conlon. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Steinway Hall, Ravinia Steans Institute, and Ancient Olympia in Greece. Her performances have been broadcasted live on WNIB and WQXR. A founding member of the Lyon Piano Trio, she and her Trio members gave their international debut in Steinway Haus’ Rubinstein-Saal in Munich, Germany. An advocate of contemporary music, she frequently premiers works in the 21st century and was a member of the New
Juilliard Ensemble. Her performance of John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy earned the composer’s high acclaim.
Dr. Hsiao received her Bachelors, Master’s, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance from Juilliard, where she graduated with the Alan Fay “Outstanding Pianist” Award. Her principal teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Emilio del Rosario, Juanelva Rose, and Gordon Chin. She has also worked with Julian Martin, Robert Shanon, and Arie Vardi and studied chamber music with Itzhak Perlman and Seymour Lipkin. She was a studio accompanist of Itzhak Perlman and performed in masterclasses for Claude Frank, Jeffery Kahane, and Krystian Zimerman.
Dr. Hsiao is Assistant Professor of Piano and Co-Coordinator of Keyboard Area at West Virginia University. Prior to joining WVU, she was on piano faculty at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division and was Assistant Professor of Piano at Southeastern University, where she received the “Outstanding Scholarship” Award. She has given masterclasses throughout the U.S., Thailand, and China, and taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Viana
do Castelo International Music Festival, and U.S.-China Piano Festival. Dr. Hsiao is Director of West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival and the Regional Director of Elite International Music Competition. She was the former Executive Director of Geneva Conservatory of Music in New York City. She frequently adjudicates piano competitions in NY, NJ, CT, FL, IL, and PA. Her upcoming projects include recording an album of Two-Piano Works by Gregory Smirnov and a solo album of Piano Works by Gordon Chin.