MTSU’s School of Music will welcome Steinway Artist and Guizhou Normal University piano director Cheng-Feng Hsieh to campus Monday, Jan. 22, for the fourth public concert in this season’s “Keyboard Artist Series.”
Hsieh’s performance will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building. A campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap, and admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for seniors. Children under age 18 will be admitted free, as will MTSU students with a valid ID.
The popular concert series, sponsored in part by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville, is in its third year of featuring MTSU faculty and distinguished guest artists from around the world.
A native of Taiwan, Hsieh earned his doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He’s performed across Japan, Korea, Europe, China and his home country as well as in the United States and has won numerous national and international competitions.
Hsieh, who also has taught in universities around the world, now serves as professor of piano and graduate tutor as well as director of both the Piano Department and Piano Art Research Center in Music Conservatory at China’s Guizhou Normal University.
Dr. Adam Clark, associate professor of piano in the School of Music, said that Kang’s MTSU Arts-sponsored performance will include “two very large and important works in the piano repertoire: J.S. Bach’s ‘Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825’ and Frédéric Chopin’s ‘24 Preludes, Op. 28.’
“Mr. Hsieh and I were students together during our doctoral studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory, and during that time I always found his playing to be truly magical and awe-inspiring,” Clark added. “He has a real and genuine passion for music.”
You can get a preview of Hsieh’s performance in the video below, where he performs Bach’s “Partita No. 1” in concert.
The 2017-18 Keyboard Artist Series will conclude April 8 in Hinton Hall with a concert by David Viscoli, piano professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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