Lin-Ju Ou has appeared actively as recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Her performances have included yearly recitals in National Recital Hall and concerts for Taiwan contemporary compositions. She has performed withthe Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the University of Taipei Orchestra, the New Taipei Municipal SanChong High School Orchestra, and the Taipei Fuxing Elementary School Alumni Orchestra. Distinguishing herself also as a chamber musician, she has collaborated with pianist, violinist and cellist for two pianos and piano trio repertoire.
She frequently gives lectures and master classes. Her students have been winners in major competitions. Besides, Prof. Ou serves as an adjucator in major piano competition, including Taiwan piano competition, Steinway Youth Piano Competition, Kawai piano competition, Yamaha piano competition, and several competitions.
She has authoredA Study and Exploration of Musical Language(2002) and The Fugues of J. S. Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier (2007).
Her principal teachers have been Aube Tzerko at UCLA, Malcolm Hamilton and Daniel Pollack at USC. Prof. Ou has won several awards including the Benno Rubinyi Piano Competition at UCLA, Young Artists Grant from Taipei International Culture Foundation, Taipei piano competition, and Kawai competition in Taiwan.
Prof. Ou holds a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles where graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano performance from the University of Southern California, as well as awards for pianistic and international academic achievements.
Lin-Ju Ou is professor of Music Department at the University of Taipei, Taiwan. She has served as Chair of his the Department (2008-2014) and Arts Center (2008-2009).
Taiwanese pianist Wei-Lung Li was a recipient for two consecutive years as Liberace Scholar from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Li has distinguished himself in his native country by winning many piano competitions since he was young. He has performed internationally as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician and has made appearances at prestigious concert halls throughout Taiwan, Singapore, China and Indonesia. His performances have frequently been featured on National Public TV in Taiwan and Music de Camera in the US. Dr. Li was awarded full scholarship to study under Alexander Goldenweiser and Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance in 1998. Prior to that, he studied under Boris Slutsky; received his Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Additional chamber music teachers included Violinist, Victor Danchenko and Sally O’Reilly; Cellists Thomas Kraine and Tanya Remenikova. Much sought for his commitment in teaching, master classes and as an adjudicator, Dr. Li was nominated for Excellence Teaching Award by the Tainan National University of the Arts. Many of his students has frequently been awarded first prize in numerous competitions, including the Taiwan’s Yamaha Piano Competition, Hsin Tian Kong Piano Competition, The International Music Competition of Vienna, National Student Competition of Music in Taiwan, the 16th Young Musicians International Competition “Città di Barletta” in Italy, 2012 The Asia Piano Competition in Malaysia. His students have been accepted to music schools and conservatories worldwide including the Julliard School, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Ecole normale de musique de Paris and Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris. Dr. Li served as chair of the Music Department of the Tainan National University of the Arts and has been on the piano faculty for eighteen years as a full-time Associate Professor at the Tainan National University of the Arts. He and his pianist wife Chun-Ju Yen perform as piano duo regularly in Taiwan.
Andrei Yeh is one of the most reputable Taiwanese pianists of this generation. Trained in the renowned Russian piano discipline of Heinrich Gustavovich Neuhaus (1888~1964), he was pupil to the great professor Lev Nikolayevich Naumov (1925~2005) at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Building on the background of his extensive Russian training, Yeh brings to life a wide repertoire of not only numerous Russian masterpieces, but also Baroque to contemporary, German, Austrian, and French works through his interpretation and technical finesse. Yeh has won much acclaim and praise for his performances. Professor Naumov had spoken of Yeh with praise, “Yeh is a very talented pianist and musician who possesses marvelous technique, is musically gifted and multi-dimensional. The audience gives him a warm reception, and enjoys performances of this original and distinctive musical personality.”
Yeh began his piano education at the age of 7, and he moved on to receive training in Moscow from 1992 to 1999. His residency in Moscow was a pivotal point to the artist, the Russian influences enriched his performance profoundly. During his seven years of residency, Yeh was invited to perform concertos and recitals in many of Russia’s main cities. He achieved the Doctorate of Performing Arts from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Highest Honors.
Yeh was invited to perform Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Prokofiev Piano Concertos (except No. 4 ), Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, 3, and Paganini Variation, Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Scriabin Prometheus, "The Poem of Fire". His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk State Symphony Orchestra, Tomsk City Symphony Orchestra, Kemerovo Symphony Orchestra, Ufa Symphony Orchestra (based within the Republic of Bashkirstan), Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Moments Musicaux, The Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ju Percussion Group… etc. He has performed with conductors: Tien-Chi Lin, Tao Lin, Wen-Pin Chien, Li-Pin Cheng, En Shao, Paul Ching Po Chiang, Gernot Schmalfus, Roger Epple, David Wroe, Antoni Wit…..etc.
In recitals, Yeh has traveled throughout Russian cities, the European continent, and the United States. He has given performances in concert halls such as the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Grand Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Concert Hall. He also took part in renowned music festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and Salzburg Summer Festival.
Yeh has collaborated in concerts with famous Russian-American violinist Nina Beilina, Russian violinist Tatiana Grindenko, violinist Meng-Pin Wu, trombonist Kuang-Ching Sung , bass vocalist Julian Lo, violinist Pei-Hsuan Wu, cellist Victor Chpiller in piano trios, NSO Chamber Concerts, and other performances.
Released CD recordings of Yeh : In 1999, pieces Yeh recorded and released in Moscow, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No.8, and Stravinsky’s “ 3 Movements de Petrouchka ”. In 2013 soloist album (by Archimusic Productions) featuring his interpretation of Beethoven: Diabelli op. 120, for which Yeh was awarded the 25th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music for "Best Classical Interpretation".His newest album "Chopin 27 Études" was released on 2017,October 27 by Universal music Taiwan LTD. Yeh is the first pianist in Taiwan to record an album of the complete 27 Chopin Études.
Yeh now holds a Full Time position as an Professor in the Department of Music at Chinese Culture University, and Adjunct Professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts、National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan University of Arts.
Chiao-han Liao, a native of Taiwan, is an active performer of solo and chamber music throughout the United States, Taiwan, Japan, and Finland. Ms. Liao is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she received the Bachalor’s degree and the Master’s degree, respectively. During these six years, Ms. Liao studied with Seymour Lipkin in Piano and Lionel Party in harpsichord. At the Juilliard School, she was the official pianist of Karen Tuttle. Ms. Liao received her second Master’s degree from Yale School of Music in May of 2000, and Artist Diploma the following year, where she studied with Boris Berman.
She began the piano at age of six. Since then, she has won numerous competitions and awards, including the first prize in the Taiwan National Piano Competition, finalist in the Third Memorial Frederic Chopin Competition, and the Chi-Mei Foundation Scholarship in Taiwan. At Yale School of Music, she received Lucy G. Moses Fellowship, Charles S. Miller Prize and Yale School of Music Alumni Prize. Ms. Liao has been chosen to receive the Presser Music Award for 2000-2001 from the Presser Foundation. She participated in XIV International Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2000, and Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD Munchen in 2002.
As an active chamber musician, Ms. Liao has participated in the Kneisel Hall, the First International Moscow State Conservatory Summer School, the Music Academy of the West, the Norfolk Summer Festival, Aino Ackte Institute in Finland, and Encuentro de Musica Y Academia de Santander in Spain. In the summer of 2005, She was invited to be the piano faculty of Young Artist Program of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival. At the same time she received Theodore Banning Memorial Scholarship to participate Yellow Barn Music School and Festival. She also collaborated with distinguish artists, such as Boris Berman, Natasha Brofsky, Roberto Diaz, Jean-Max Dussert, Chris Finckel, Pamela Frank, Peter Frankl, Clive Greensmith, Mark Hill, Maria Lambros, Violaine Melancon, Roman Totenberg, Pavel Vernikov, Radovan Vlatkovic, Donald Weilerstein and Rodney Winther. In Taiwan she also gives frequent chamber music concerts with Musica Daphne and Homeland Chamber Ensemble.
After returning to Taiwan from 2002, Chiao-han has played more than 600 concerts including solo, concerto, chamber music, contemporary music and vocal performances. In 2011 she has participated in music production of Movie “Make up” and “Father’s lullby”. Chiao-han Liao has made two solo albums, “Encore” and “Xi Shi Fantasy” complete piano solo works of Fu Tong Wong; three chamber music albums, Beethoven complete works for cello and piano with cellist Grancinie Ouyang, “Encounter” and “Floral Sound”; four alnums of Chinese traditional songs, ‘The one I long for”, “The Sound of Antigua”, “Listen to Taiwan” and “Heritage Music of the Heart”. Ms. Liao also translates the Chinese version of Boris Berman’s book “Notes from the Piano Bench” and Michael Friedmann’s book “Ear Training for Twentieth-Century Music”. Currently, Ms. Liao is the Director of the Han Arts, and a member of the boards of directors of the Chamber Music Society of Taiwan and Spring Song Art Culture Foundation.
~…Touch (in Mozart) is light and elegant...she loaded Rachmaninoff with round and full sound.~ Helsingin sanomat.
Inna, Chien-Ying Yang, a pianist who obtained the education in both Taiwan and Russia, is one of the most active performer, professor and chamber artist in Taiwan.
Inna, Chien-ying Yang began her music studies with David Saidenberg, American pianist. Has graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts, where she studied piano performance with German professor Rolf-Peter Wille. In 2006 graduated from the graduate school of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with full marks and achieved higher performance degree under the studio of National Artist of Armenia, Professor Yuri Hayrapetyan, student of legendary Russian pianists Yakov Flier. She has also studied collaborating piano with Iliya Kogan and chamber music with famous conductor Alexander Rudin.
Besides winning numerous competitions in Taiwan, in 2002, Inna, Chien-ying Yang won the 5th Prize in Mauro Paulo Monopoli International Piano Competition, Italy. In year 2005, she won the grand prize in the 10th Taipei International Chopin Competition and has been invited to perform in Warsaw, Poland. Her solo recitals were held in Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Thailand, Philippine and USA. Inna, Chien-Ying Yang also recorded numerous album including solo, piano duo and chamber music.
In year 2005, Ms. Yang was selected to participate in the “Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes” in Israel, under scholarship. She won a memorial prize and also won a prize by performing a new piece by Israeli composer Michael Wolpe. In this music camp, she worked her solo repertoire with worldwide famous teachers such as Bruce Brubaker, John O’Conor, Alexander Mndoyants, Emanuel Kratsovsky and Alon Goldstein. Besides that, she worked her piano trio repertoire with famous Israeli string players, Vera Vaidman and Zvi Harell.
Inna, Chien-ying Yang performed piano concertos with NTNU orchestra and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra numerously. In 2007 she performed Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto with Taichung Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she performed G.Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Taipei Philharmony Orchestra in National Concert Hall, Taipei. In 2010, invited as soloist in “2010 Taipei International Chopin Festival”, she played the “Don Giovanni” variations by Chopin with Evagreen Symphony Orchestra, which was the premier performance in Taiwan. She gave recitals in Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Thailand, Philippine and USA. Now she constantly plays recitals, chamber music and introduces contemporary music both in Taiwan and other countries.
Since 2011, Inna, Chien-ying Yang joined as a faculty member of the music department of Chia-Yi University, as an Associate Professor and has been chair of the Humanity and Art Center. She was also the Coordinator of “2016 NCYU Piano Camp”, and “2016 NCYU Art Festival”.
Yi-Chih Lu, one of the most brilliant rising stars among the young generation of Taiwanese pianists, is the winner of Maria Canals, Sendai, Hummel and other ten piano competitions. His CD “My Chopin; My Brahms” has been awarded the Gold Melody Award for the “Best Interpreter of Classical Music". 2016 summer, while LU is touring at the west coast of America, Washington State King County announced the 9th July 2016 as “Yi-Chih Lu Day”, to recognize his achievement in piano performance.
He has been invited to give piano recitals in America, Europe and Asia, at such important venues as Musikverein in Vienna, Berlin Philharmoie, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and has appeared as soloist with important orchestras including Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Buxthehude Jugend Orchester, BerlinClassicPlayers, Sendai Philharmonic, Sendai City Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Metropolitan Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Sun Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Arad Philharmonic, among others.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Lu started the piano at the age of five and during his formative years he studied with Klaus Hellwig at the University of the Arts Berlin (Konzertexamen). In 2006, he received his Master Degree from the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and the Vienna Cziffra Foundation awarded him the "Cziffra Prize", in recognition of his outstanding performance of G. Cziffra's Compositions.
He is now holding visiting assistant professorships at National Taiwan University of the Arts and as adjunct assistant professor at Chinese Culture University.
A Native of Taiwan, pianist Grace Chung began her studies in the United States after winning Taiwan's National Piano Competition at age 14. She made her debut as a soloist with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in Jordon Hall at age 16.
Winner of the Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition, Ms. Chung performed as the soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. Her other major awards include the First Prize as well as the Best Performance of Chinese Composition in the Seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Taiwan, the First Prize of the Yamaha Young artist Competition in 1999, and the chosen winner of the concerto competition at Rutgers University which followed 2 concerto appearances. Ms. Chung participated in the performance of Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Old York Road Symphony in Pennsylvania, premiered Taiwanese composer Chia-Yu Hsu's Piano Concerto with the Curtis Orchestra, and was invited as a guest soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Chung is also active as a chamber musician. She has collaborated with many renowned musicians and performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, among other places in the US, Italy, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Ms. Chung was invited to serve as a faculty member at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy in 2013 and 2015.
Ms. Chung graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and Rutgers University (DMA). Her major teachers include Wha Kyung Byun, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Susan Starr. Ms. Chung is currently full time Professor of Piano at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
Chia-Wei Chung is a renowned pianist and one of the most sought-after piano pedagogues in Taiwan. She earned both Master and Doctoral degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied with the legendary pianist Michel Block, who was granted the Rubinstein Prize in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970. She also played in master classes of Hung-Kuan Chen, Solomon Mikowsky, John Perry, and Oxana Yablonskaya. Other teachers including Joseph Gingold, Franco Gulli, Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, and Rostislav Dubinsky(Borodin Trio) in chamber music.
Dr. Chung has concertized extensively, performing in the United States, Taiwan and China, actively appearing as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. She was a recipient of the “Rising Star” in Taiwan National Concert Hall. Apart from the regular annual solo recitals in Taiwan National Recital Hall, she has been giving recital tours throughout the island. She also collaborated with instrumentalists and singers playing duet concerts, and also performing new music by Taiwanese composers. In recent years, Dr. Chung was invited to give concerts in China, such as recital in Kulangyu Concert Hall in 2013, and solo appearance in Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2012. In 2018 Dr Chung was invited to International Taipei Maestro Piano Festival for Master classes, and in 2017 Dr Chung served as the honorary guest lecturer in the first Music Fest Perugia in Taipei. She also teaches at the East/West International Piano Festival, where she gives recitals and master classes. Dr. Chung has performed with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Normal University Orchestra, National Kaohsiung Normal University Orchestra, Orchestra of National Taiwan University of Arts, and Sun Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Chung is now Professor at National Taiwan Normal University.
Professor Tzong-kai Kuo received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Ohio State University in 1987. His piano professors have included Robert Scholz,Catherine Smith, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Earl Wild. Hehas an extensive and broad background in the music area of piano, conducting, violin, clarinet, voice, electronic organ, and music education.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Chung Yuan University in Taiwan. Prof. Kuo had studied music therapy and music education at Kansas University, and received Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1978 where he major in piano, and had been major in conducting at Indiana University. Prof. Kuo also studied the performance of electronic organ at Japan University and Electone City in 1998 for eight months; and “The Ensemble, Composition and Arranging of Electronic Keyboard Orchestra Music” as a research subject at Southern California University in 1999 for six months.
He has performed many piano, opera, concerto, chorus and orchestral works in U.S.A., Australia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and China.
Dr. Kuo was chairman of the Music Department in Tunghai University from 1988-1994. During this period, he was instrumental in the establishing of a graduate program in music.
Prof. Kuo received many awards, include the national highest award (師鐸獎) from the president of Taiwan(2013).