Tchetchelashvili, Hsieh to present recital of English music at Northwestern Feb. 17


Violinist Sofiko Tchetchelashvili and pianist Chialing Hsieh will present a faculty recital on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. University COVID protocols will be in effect. Those attending are asked to wear a mask. A livestream of the concert will be available at

Tchetchelashvili and Hsieh will present a program of English music “Sonata for Viola and Piano” by Arnold Bax  and “Concerto for Viola” and Orchestra by William Walton.

Tchetchelashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she began her violin carrier in the studio of professor Alla Laperashvili. She continued her studies in Tbilisi State Conservatory in the studio of professor Ernst Arakelov, and soon after completed her graduate studies in the studio of professor Rodam Jandieri.

In 2014,Tchetchelashvili accepted graduate assistantship at Baylor University, where she served as a teaching assistant and the concertmaster of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, before completing another graduate degree in violin performance in the studio of Dr. Eka Gogichashvili.

Tchetchelashvili was a winner of four National Violin Competitions in Georgia and became the recipient of two consecutive President’s Awards for the Excellence in Music.

She has taught violin and viola at Northwestern State since 2016. In addition to her teaching duties, she remains an active concert violinist and violist. She has recently appeared as a soloist with several symphony and chamber orchestras throughout the United States.

Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Fanfare), Hsieh has performed recitals in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States and has been a featured pianist on seven CD’s for the Centaur, Enharmonic, and Ballpark record labels.  Hsieh is Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Northwestern State, and has given masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad and served as a judge and adjudicator for competitions and events.

A sought-after collaborative pianist, Hsieh has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Memphis. She has performed with the faculty of Julliard, Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, University of Cincinnati and Arizona State University.