American pianist Ching-Wen Hsiao has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She collaborated with Kurt Masur, James Conlon, James DePreist, and violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Hsiao performed at venues including Carnegie’s Issac Stern and Weill Recital Halls, David Geffen Hall, Steinway Hall, Ravinia Steans Institute, Rubinstein-Saal at Munich Steinway Haus, and Taiwan Concert Hall.
A native of Taiwan, Hsiao made her concerto debut at the age of 16 with the Cebu Youth Symphony in the Philippines with four performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and appeared as soloist with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Arts Viva Orchestra, DuPage Youth Symphony, West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, Yi-Qi Orchestra, and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Her performances were broadcasted live on WNIB and WQXR. She is a founding member of the Lyon Piano Trio and the Valianatos-Hsiao Piano Duo.
Prior to joining The Tianjin Juilliard School, Hsiao served as assistant professor of piano and piano area coordinator at West Virginia University and was assistant professor of piano at Southeastern University. She was on the piano faculty at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division and Carnegie Mellon University’s Preparatory Division. She was executive director of the Geneva Conservatory of Music in New York City.
Hsiao has given masterclasses in several universities, such as the Texas Christian University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Missouri State University, Penn State University, Duquesne University, and Mahidol University in Thailand. She taught at multiple music festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival, U.S.-China Piano Festival, and Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal. Hsiao was regional director of the Elite International Music Competition and director of West Virginia International Piano Competition and Festival.
Hsiao graduated from The Juilliard School with a B.M., M.M., D.M.A. in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal. She is a recipient of Juilliard’s “Outstanding Pianist Award.” Her other principal teachers include Emilio del Rosario, Gordon Chin, and Juanelva Rose. She was the first prize winner at the Taiwan Piano Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Steinway's Solo Piano and Concerto Competitions. Hsiao also received an “Outstanding Scholarship” Award from Southeastern University, a Big 12 Faculty Fellowship from West Virginia University, and the “Rising Star Award” in Taiwan.