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As an active recital pianist, 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 Angelo Marenzi, a voice faculty member at the Taipei National University of Art in Taiwan  (TNUA)’s private accompanist. Her experience as a collaborative pianist took her to the Bari Opera Theater in Italy where she performed two operas in 1997 “La Boheme” and “Il Travatore”. She was the first Taiwanese pianist performing the two complete major opera works in Italy and since then started building her career as a talented collaborative pianist internationally. 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 (UT 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, a 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 with 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 Brythe, Janet Bookspan, David Daniel, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Ida Kavafian, Arthur Rowe, Eric Rosonblith, Cavani Quartet, and Osiris Trio.


A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chiang began playing piano at the age of four. At age of nine, she was accepted at 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 Masters Degree in Piano Performance at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with David Renner and Timothy Lovelace; she then received her second Masters Degree in Piano Chamber/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 the head of department: Anita Pontremoli.    


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