Taiwanese-American pianist, Ching-Wen Hsiao, has performed throughout the North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Hsiao gave her concerto debut in the Philippines, giving four performances of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Cebu Youth Symphony. Since then, 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 has won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School, the Steinway Solo Piano and Concerto Competitions in Chicago, the American Musician Scholarship Competition, and the Music Teacher National Association’s Illinois State and Eastern Central Division Piano Competitions. She is a recipient of the “New Rising Star” Award, granted by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. The award led to several performances at the Taiwan National Concert Hall.
Dr. Hsiao has performed with renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin at Alice Tully Hall and collaborated with esteemed conductors, including Kurt Masur, James DePreist, and James Conlon. She has performed at prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, David Geffen Hall, Steinway Hall, Ravinia Festival, and ancient Olympia in Greece. Her performances have been broadcasted on WNIB and WQXR radio stations. An advocate of contemporary music, she has commissioned works by Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin. In 2019, she will record Dr. Chin’s complete solo piano works. Dr. Hsiao’s performance of John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy earned the composer’s high acclaim.
Dr. Hsiao received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, where she graduated with the Alan Fay “Outstanding Pianist” Award. Her principal teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Emilio del Rosario, and Juanelva Rose. She has also worked with Julian Martin, Robert Shanon, Wu Han, and Claude Frank. Dr. Hsiao has served as Itzhak Perlman’s studio accompanist and performed in Krystian Zimerman’s masterclass.
Dr. Hsiao is Assistant Professor of Piano at West Virginia University. Previously, she was a member of the piano faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and Assistant Professor of Piano at Southeastern University, where she received the “Outstanding Scholarship” Award. Dr. Hsiao has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Asia and taught at summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal, and U.S.-China Piano Festival in China. Along with Dr. Mikylah McTeer and Dr. Erin Ellis, Dr. Hsiao is a founding member of the Lyon Piano Trio.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Hsiao was the Executive Director at New York’s Geneva Conservatory of Music and has adjudicated piano competitions in NY, NJ, CT, FL, IL, and PA states. Dr. Hsiao is the Associate Director of the West Virginia International Piano Competition.