Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pi-Ju Chiang


Chiang 2 2013
Staff Pianist
SCPA 132

As an active recital pianist and collaborative artist, Pi-Ju Chiang appears frequently in solo, chamber, and collaborative recitals in Taiwan, North America, and Mexico.  She made her Taiwanese debut as a collaborative artist at the annual opera gala in 1996, performing Monteverdi's L'orfeo.  During this time, she was also the private accompanist for Angelo Marenzi, a voice faculty member at the Taipei National University of Art (TNUA) in Taiwan.

Her experience as a collaborative pianist has taken her to the Bari Opera Theater in Italy where she performed two operas in 1997 - La Bohème and Il Travatore.  She was the first Taiwanese pianist to perform these two complete major operatic works in Italy and has since started building her international career as a talented collaborative pianist.

She was awarded third prize in the 2000 Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Competition in collaborative piano when she was studying at The University of Texas at Austin.  Her outstanding talent in collaborative piano made her a full scholarship recipient to study at Rice University from 2001-2003.

Ms. Chiang was invited to be a participant in the 2004 Cleveland Art Song Festival.  She was invited to give concerts with renowned artists including: Brazilian soprano Lilly Abreu, voice faculty member at University of Pittsburgh; Paul Sharpe and Jeff Bradetich, bass faculty members at University of North Texas; and the majority of the principal players in the Cleveland Orchestra.  She was awarded the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in Accompanying at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in 2005, recognizing her highest level of artistic achievements while attending CIM as a student, and was appointed as a CIM collaborative faculty member immediately after having graduated in May of the same year.

Ms. Chiang has performed in master classes for internationally acclaimed artists and was highly thought of by Stephanie Blythe, Janet Bookspan, David Daniels, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Ida Kavafian, Arthur Rowe, Eric Rosenblith, The Cavani String Quartet, The Osiris Trio, and Ivan Ženatý.  She has been a frequent performer on Cleveland Institute of Music stages, having recently played the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and Dohnányi Piano Quintet with major principal players in The Cleveland Orchestra.

As an active pianist, Ms. Chiang's performances have been frequently heard on air on WCLV 104.9, northeast Ohio's classical radio station.  Her recordings can be found on the website, which has links to the world's top artists and ensembles.

A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chiang began playing piano at the age of four.  At age nine, she was accepted into the special music school for gifted children in Taiwan and was awarded first prize in National Taiwan Piano Competitions for three consecutive years.  In 1998, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from TNUA, where she studied with pianists Song-Jen Hsu and Rolf-Peter Wille.  Ms. Chiang received her first Master's Degree in Piano Performance at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with David Renner and Timothy Lovelace (piano accompanying).  She then received her second Master's Degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying at Rice University where she studied with Brian Connelly.  She received her Professional Studies Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studied with Department Head, Anita Pontremoli.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Agenda Weekly

Walmart, bananas,
Mixed nuts, skim milk, soups,
Check out, credit card.
Pork, beef, and chicken,
Naval oranges, basic 4
cereals, cup noodles.
Spicy shrimp, subway,
Shopping carts, emotional bay,
Chips, sauces, picture fee.
Mid-first bank, cashiers,
Tooth paste, tooth brush, and gel pens,
Gift card, cost worthy.