Pianist Cheng-feng Hsieh will perform at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.
The program will be “Partita No. 1 in Bb Major” by Bach, Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major,” “Intermezzi in Bb Minor” by Brahms and Chopin’s “24 Preludes.”
Hsieh is a Steinway Artist. Hailing from Taiwan, he has performed throughout Japan, Korea, United States, Europe, China and Taiwan. His growing prominence in China has made him become one of the most important pianists in his generation. Hsieh has played recitals in some of the most prestigious halls in Taiwan, especially the National Music Hall in Taipei. In China, Hsieh has held many concerts in various famous concert halls in Beijing, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Ningbo, Nanning, Guiyang, Changchun, Shenyang and Dalian. Hsieh has also performed extensively in Europe, notably Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium and Spain, and has made his mark in the United States, playing for audiences at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Hsieh has an abundant solo, chamber music and concerto repertoire. He has performed with Calder String Quartet, Queen City String Quartet and has collaborated with many world-renowned musicians. In addition, he has played with Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Dalian City Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Shenyang Conservatory in Dalian, and Tunghai Keyboard Electronic Symphony Orchestra. His interpretations of the piano concerti of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Debussy have met with great acclaim. Hsieh is also the prizewinner of numerous national and international competitions, including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, Camerata International Piano Competition in Indianapolis, Piano Concerto Competition in Cincinnati and National Piano Competition in Taiwan.
Hsieh has given many concerts and master classes around the world, and at music festivals including International Piano Festival in Dalian, Music Festival in Tunghai University in Taiwan, International Saarbug Music Festival in Germany, International Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, and the Northeast Asia International Piano Festival in Changchun, Perugia Music Festival in Italy, Northeast Festival in Nagasaki, and the Gulangyu International Piano Festival in Xiamen and the East/West Piano Festival in Hangzhou.
Hsieh has earned his doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His new book,“Random Walk in the Keyboard – The Interpretation of the Western Piano Music,” will be published soon by the most credible and the most famous music publisher (SMPH) in China. In addition, he has published many scholarly articles regarding piano music and performance practice in the core periodicals in China. Hsieh was Foreign Expert Professor and the Director of the Piano Teaching and Research Section in Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Dalian, and now serves as Professor of Piano, Graduate Tutor, Director of Piano Department and Director of Piano Art Research Center in Music Conservatory of Guizhou Normal University in China.