Christopher, Hsieh to perform Jan. 31

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Cellist Paul Christopher and pianist Chialing Hsieh will present a recital on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Christopher and Hsieh are members of the faculty at Northwestern State University. They will perform works by Jacques Ibert, Mark Prince Lee and Beethoven.

Christopher is an associate professor of music theory and low strings. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Panama. Christopher performed guest artist recitals in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. He has been a guest artist internationally in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and South Korea. Christopher has presented and performed at conferences in Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio. His articles have been published in the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter, Strings, American String Teacher and Bass World. He has recorded the cello duos of Offenbach with seven CDs available at cdbaby.com.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Hsieh is devoted to promoting new piano solo and chamber works. Hsieh has been a featured pianist on seven CDs for the Centaur, Innova, Enharmonic and Ballpark labels. She joined NSU’s faculty in 2019 as an assistant professor of collaborative piano. In the summer, she is the piano instructor at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy and the Sounds of Summer Institute. Hsieh earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts and a master’s and doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Chialing Hsieh, left, and Paul Christopher