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3 Pianists Selected by SF Examiner in Memorable Concerts of 2013!
Richard Goode, András Schiff and Tien Hsieh!

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CD Cover NEW CD!

Recorded at Blue Wave Productions, Vancouver, BC
October 11-14, 2013
Recording & Mastering Engineer: Kris Siegers
Label: MSR Classics
Liner notes: Richard E. Rodda
CD available at ArkivMusic

     April 2015
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The Classical Reviewer

Audiophile Audition Review, 12-10-14
Audio Society of Atlanta, November 2014, Review of
     Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2

Delmarva Public Radio

Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2

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Musical America Logo Click here for Tien's Musical America Artist Showcase

Click here for Tien's Brochure (8.5 x 14 inches)

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Magazine Cover
Tien on the cover of Sacramento Talent Magazine!
February, 2012 Issue
1st article in the publication: pages 8-11
Tien Hsieh:
Sacramento Talent Magazine

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Click on the links below to see Tien's recent e-newsletters!
Issue No. 1: August 2009 - Welcome to the first issue!
Issue No. 2: December 2009 - Leaping into 2010
Issue No. 3: Fall 2010 - Fall Conferencing
Issue No. 4: August 2011 - Greetings from Tien's World
Issue No. 5: January 2014 - Newsflash from Folsom, CA

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What's New Click here for past events


April 9, 2016 - Saturday
7:30 pm
Roswell Symphony Orchestra

John Farrer, Conductor
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Pearson Auditorium at NMMC
101 W. College
Roswell, New Mexico
Review - Roswell Daily Record

June 2-5, 2016
Festival of the American Liszt Society

Valley Performing Arts Center
California State University, Northridge

July 14, 2016 - Thursday
Brookside Music Association

7:30 pm
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, Ontario

August 3, 2016 - Wednesday
Spring Lake Village

7 pm
Santa Rosa, CA

August 30, 2016 - Tuesday
Noontime Concerts

12:30 pm
Old St. Mary's Cathedral
660 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

October 10-13, 2016
Arts Northwest Booking Conference

Spokane, WA

October 15, 2016 - Saturday
Water Music Festival

Leadbetter Farms Lighthouse
Oysterville, WA
Event made possible by WESTAF TourWest

October 20, 2016 - Thursday
Salmon Arts Council

200 Main Street
Salmon, Idaho 83467
Event made possible by WESTAF TourWest

November 18, 2016 - Friday
Carson Valley Arts Council

7 PM
Douglas County Community Center
Waterloo, Gardnerville, NV


January 27-29, 2017
Montana Performing Arts Consortium Conference

Showcase: 9:17 AM Saturday, Jan. 28
Great Falls Mansfield Center for Performing Arts

March 22, 2017
Mundi Project

Outreach Concert
Meadowlark Elementary School
Salt Lake City, UT

March 23, 2017
Mundi Project

Masterclass/Performance Lecture
Utah Valley University School of Music
Salt Lake City, UT

March 24, 2017
Mundi Project

Masterclass/Performance Lecture
Salt Lake School of Performing Arts
Event made possible by OnStage in Utah

March 24, 2017
Mundi Project - Solo Recital

7 PM
All Saint's Episcopal Church
1710 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

May 20, 2017 - Saturday
Accueil Musical de Saint-Merry

Solo Recital
20h (8 pm)
76 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris, France

May 28, 2017 - Sunday
American Church In Paris

The Atelier Concert Series
Solo Recital
17h (5 pm)
65 Quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris, France
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June 6, 2017 - Tuesday
St. Martin in the Fields
Lunchtime Concert Series

Solo Recital
13h (1 pm)
Trafalgar Square

August 13, 2017 - Sunday
7:30 pm
The Festival at Sandpoint - Grand Finale

Gary Sheldon, Conductor & Spokane Symphony Orchestra
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
War Memorial Field
855 Ontario St.
Sandpoint, ID 83864

October 9-12, 2017
Arts Northwest Booking Conference

Tacoma, WA
Arts Northwest


February 11, 2018 - Sunday
Redmonds Community Concert Association

2 PM and 6:30 PM
Performing Arts Theatre at Ridgeview High School
4555 SW Elkhorn Avenue
Redmond, OR 97756

March 2, 2018 - Friday
Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities

7:30 PM
Faith Assembly Auditorium
1800 N Road 72
Pasco, WA 99301

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CD Cover Mostly Transcriptions
CD Release!

Release Date:
November 9, 2010!

Featuring Bach-Busoni, Schubert-Liszt, Chopin-Liszt, Liszt, and, a pair of dedications by Cortese and Schumann-Liszt!

Find CD at:
Barnes & Noble.com

Recorded at Blue Wave Productions in Vancouver, BC
on February 6-8, 2010

Recording Engineer: Ken Burke
Producer: Tien Hsieh
Label: Titanic Records
Liner Notes: Richard E. Rodda

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"[ * * * * ] [Liszt's Venezia e Napoli] is finely executed with a delicate yet persistent touch that serves the music well... Tien Hsieh once again proves herself a dominating and forcefully interpretative presence. Her technique is strong, her tone warm and clear, and she identifies with these pieces in a way that would have made Earl Wild, that master of transcriptions, proud. Sound is excellent."

Steve Ritter, Audiophile Audition [February 2015]

"This program centers around the transcriptions of Franz Liszt. Liszt drew significant inspiration from the music of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Bach. It is "mostly" transcriptions because Hsieh includes several original pieces of Liszt from Venezia e Napoli and a lovely, meditative piece of new music by Glen Cortese called Elegy (2008). I enjoyed listening to this recording while reading along the scores of the original works. The effect is that Liszt himself was in my living room, creating extempore fantasias on pieces he loved, or spontaneously transcribing and embellishing the music at sight.

Hsieh opens the program with Busoni's transcription of Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue. In that transcription, Busoni expands on the Lisztian tradition. Hsieh plays with grace and energy. She has a keen ear for the music's architecture, and make the piano sing in every register."

American Record Guide, May/June 2011 (P. 209)
Benjamin Katz

"Hsieh's interpretation of Busoni's transcription shows just as much respect for Bach as Busoni did. Her approach to phrasing and dynamics is characteristically nineteenth-century; but that is what we should expect of a reading of Busoni..."
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September 2, 2011
Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com

"Clearly rendered and intimately performed"

Sacramento Bee, March 18, 2011
Edward Ortiz

"...I am very pleased that she has returned with her impressively exciting accounts of the Bach-Busoni and also the Bach-Liszt Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, and the Schumann-Liszt "Widmung" (which was likewise an encore at the end of the 2008 Weill Hall concert). I still retain in my mind's ear beautiful performances of Beethoven's Op. 111 and Schumann's "Humoresque" at that recital.

In commenting upon this recorded anthology, I can reiterate that Tien Hsieh is a formidable virtuoso and also a magnetic musical persona... In terms of color, texture and concentration on detail, she immediately makes you sit up and take notice! The opening measures of the Bach-Busoni Toccata, slashing and sparely pedaled, along with the arranger's clever "Busonifications", recreate the facsimile of the original organ, with its characteristic squeal and visceral intensity. (I might add that the state-of-the-art fidelity of the recording further enhances the physical allure of this thrusting and appropriate interpretation). (Note too, Ms. Hsieh's precise articulation of the Fugue)."
Read the full review: New York Concert Review Inc.

Harris Goldsmith
New York Concert Review
February 25, 2011

"The Busoni and Liszt Bach transcriptions, as well as the Cortese piece, have the effect of solid pillars, with the song transcriptions providing a more lyrical contrast, and Hsieh's readings find links between Busoni and Liszt: she has a way of deploying accent and articulation that suggest the quirky personal charisma each pianist-composer must have had."

James Manheim, AllMusic.com