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Tien Hsieh
pianist

As one reviewer from the San Francisco bay area recently quoted, "Serious, composed, tiny and full of music, Tien Hsieh lets her artistry on the piano express a warmth and freshness of ideas that surely none but a poet could explain". Another reviewer said she "...delivered electrifying performances of music of monumentally heroic difficulty. Works by Messiaen, Beethoven and finally Liszt's Rhapsodie Espagnole were breathtaking in their technical quality and interpretive maturity." Her Schumann Humoresque, Op. 20 was described as 'Grand, relentless, madness explained, love caught through fingertips and galloping hooves trailing off to pastoral dreams.'

Tien Hsieh immigrated to the United States with her family when she was nine years old. Originally from China but born in Taiwan, she began her musical studies with her mother. A prizewinner of competitions including the Los Angles International Liszt Competition, Artists International Presentations Auditions in New York, Pacific Piano Competition and Festival in California, Miss Hsieh is a recipient of the prestigious Roy M. Rubinstein Award from Manhattan School of Music and a recipient of the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant representing cross-cultural exchange. Following the success of her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, she appeared in recitals for festivals, colleges and universities, cultural and art centers across the U.S., as well as in Germany, China, and most recently, in Budapest, Hungary, where she performed an All-Liszt program at the Liszt Museum (Old Liszt Academy). Recent orchestral collaborations include soloist with Maestro Gary Sheldon and Spokane Symphony and Maestro Frank Fetta and Redlands Symphony. She has also performed with Houston Civic Symphony, Gold Country Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Ballet.

As a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, Miss Hsieh received the Professional Studies Diploma and Master of Music Degree under the tutelage of Dr. Marc Silverman. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from University of Houston, where she was a full scholarship student of Abbey Simon and Ruth Tomfohrde. Miss Hsieh is a Touring Roster Artist sponsored by the California Arts Council and has recently joined Northwest on Tour.

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Past Solo Recitals Include:
  • Ferenc Liszt Emlek Museum, Budapest, Hungary
    (Liszt Program)
  • Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, China
  • Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall- New York Debut
  • Lane Series, University of Vermont, Vermont
  • Albano Liszt Festival - Palazzo Savelli, Albano, Italy
  • House of Arts and Literature, Pécs, Hungary
  • Boston University, MA
  • Chouteau County Performing Arts, Fort Benton, Montana
  • University of San Francisco, Cole Hall, CA
  • Admiral Theatre, Bremerton, WA
  • Live Community Concert Association, Cody, WY
  • Oregon Coast Concert Association, Newport, OR
  • Oregon Council for the Arts, Newport, OR
  • Virtuoso Piano Series, Town Hall, Seattle, WA
  • Panida Theater, Pend Oreille Arts Council, Sandpoint, ID
  • Salmon City Center, Salmon Arts Council, ID
  • Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, CA
  • Water Music Festival, Hilltop Auditorium, Ilwaco, WA
  • Skagway Arts Council, Alaska
  • Chilkat Center for the Arts, Haines Arts Council, Haines, Alaska
  • Sunday Afternoon Live, Raymond Theatre, Raymond, WA
  • St. Mark's Bravo Bach Festival, Sacramento, CA
  • Florence Performing Arts, Florence, Oregon
  • Lincoln Community Concert Association, Oregon
  • Cedar City Music Arts Association, Utah
  • Los Banos Arts Council, California
  • Gualala Arts Center, California
  • Restoration Series, South Pasadena, California
  • Lander Community Concert Association, Wyoming
  • Humboldt Community Concert Association, Eureka, California
  • Crocker Art Museum - Classical Series, Sacramento, California
  • Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek, California
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral, San Francisco, California
  • Orange County Community Concert Association, California
  • Music on the Divide - Cool, California
  • InConcert Sierra (formerly known as Twin Cities Concert Association), Grass Valley, CA
  • Newport Performing Arts Center, Oregon
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Nixon Library - Pasadena, California
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace, New York City
  • Lee College, Baytown, Texas
  • Steinway Hall, New York City
  • St. Louis Conservatory of Music, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
  • Society of the Cincinnati - Anderson House Museum, D.C.
  • American River College, California
  • A & M University, College Station, Texas
  • University of Houston-School of Music, Texas
  • Jewish Community Center - Green Auditorium, New York
  • Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, California
  • Manhattan School of Music, New York City
  • Old St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, California
  • Old First Concerts, San Francisco, California
  • Donnell Library, New York City
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Impromptu Concert Series,
    Key West, Florida
  • Wynmoor Village Recital Hall, Coconut Creek, Florida
  • San Pablo Church - Middle Keys Concert Association,
    Marathon Key, Florida
  • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Chicago Cultural Center
  • Del Webb Sun City - Lincoln, California
  • Oakmont Village Concerts, Santa Rosa, California
  • California State University of Sacramento, CA -
    Lecture Recital (Women Composers)
  • Valhalla Music Festival, Lake Tahoe, California
  • Spring Lake Concert Series, Santa Rosa, California
  • Tuesday Club, Sacramento, California
  • Pacifica Performances, California
  • Clearlake Performing Arts, California
  • Gunnison Arts Council - Western State College,
    Gunnision, Colorado
  • Emerald City Opera, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association,
    Manteca, California
  • Dietrich Theater-Sierra College, Rocklin, California
  • Caldwell Fine Arts, Middleton, Idaho
  • Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center, Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • M.A.N. Series, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sacramento, CA
  • El Dorado Community Concert Association, California

Soloist/orchestra/collaborative include:
  • Hult Center for the Performing Arts - Glen Cortese, Oregon Mozart Players
  • Festival at Sandpoint, ID - Gary Sheldon, Spokane Symphony
  • Redlands Bowl - Frank Fetta, Redlands Symphony
  • University of Houston - Houston Civic Symphony - Charles Johnson
  • Manhattan Philharmonia - Glen Cortese, NY
  • Gold Country Chamber Players - Henrik J. Hansen, CA
  • Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall - Dave Amrein, CA
  • Manhattan Symphony Orchestra - Sixten Erhling, NY
  • Graffe String Quartet from Brno, Czech Republic (US Tour-CA)
  • Sacramento Ballet with Gold Country Chamber Players
  • State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara
  • InterHarmony International Music Festival (SF/CA)

Achievements/awards include:
  • Selected as Top 12 of "What is Remembered" by Net News Publisher for World News, December 26, 2009
  • Grant Award Recipient from The Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation
  • Distinguished Artist Award, Artists International Presentations, Inc., New York City
  • Roy M. Rubinstein Award Recipient, Manhattan School of Music (one award per year to most promising female pianist)
  • Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
  • Special Presentations Award, New York Recital Debut, Artists International Presentations, Inc.
  • First Place, Texas Music Teacher's Association Collegiate Concerto Competition
  • First Place, Pacific Piano Competition and Festival, Stockton, California
  • Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition
  • San Antonio Young Artist Competition, Texas
  • TMTA District Solo Competition, Texas
  • University of Houston Concerto Competition
  • Conroe Young Artist Competition, Texas
  • Tuesday Musical Club Competition, Texas
  • Young Keyboard Artist Association, Michigan
  • California Chico Young Artist Competition
  • Guest Artist Appearance, Houston Summer Piano Festival
  • Performer on The Van Cliburn International Institute Masterclass Series
  • Solo performances on PBS for International Piano Festival, Texas
  • California Arts Council, Roster Artist-Performing Artists Touring
  • Program

Organizational Affiliations:
  • Arts Midwest
  • Arts Northwest
  • California Arts Council
  • Chamber Music America
  • Western Arts Alliance