Taiwanese-American pianist Ching-Wen Hsiao — a music-piano professor at the West Virginia University School of Music — will perform a free, public concert as part of the Bucknell Piano Series on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall, Sigfried Weis Music Building.
Hsiao has performed extensively as a 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. She has 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.
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 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.