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Ming Tsu

InstrumentalArts: Piano


Phone: 323.387.9638

Fax: 661.253.7817

Room: B223

Pianist Ming Tsu is widely acclaimed for her artistry and refined pianism, and has appeared on concert stages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. She has recorded numerous works including the complete chamber music for piano and strings by Carlos Chávez, as well as various chamber works by composers Miguel del Águila, Rebecca Clarke, William Kraft, Henri Lazarof, Maria Newman, Gabriela Ortiz and Chinary Ung. Her CD recordings and live performances have been broadcast on over fifty radio stations across the United States and in Europe. Also an avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Tsu regularly premieres new works and has collaborated with a diverse range of composers including György Kurtág, Elliot Carter, Roger Reynolds, Chinary Ung, Morton Subotnick, Toshio Hosokawa, Wadada Leo Smith, Lei Liang, Miguel del Águila, Gabriela Ortiz, Javier Álvarez, Henri Lazarof, Maria Newman, Patricio da Silva, Pham Minh Tang, Alexandra du Bois and Kurt Rhode. After having served for ten years as the pianist of Grammy Awardwinning Southwest Chamber Music Ms. Tsu is currently the pianist of trio FUGU, which she co-founded in 2012. The trio’s upcoming CD features works by Rebecca Clarke, Miguel del Águila and Maria Newman and is due for release in spring 2016.

Dedicated to the education of young musicians, Ms. Tsu enjoys an outstanding reputation as a teacher, her musical insight and analytical approach to piano technique have helped countless students attain freedom on their instrument and develop greater depth in their artistic qualities. Ms. Tsu’s students have achieved success in numerous competitions, and many have continued their studies at renowned institutions such as the Julliard School, the Longy School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, Oberlin Conservatory, California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and many more. With her trio FUGU, Ms. Tsu also launched an international outreach project, Chamber Music Side by Side, through which the group organizes intensive workshops and collaborative performances for students and professionals to encourage and cultivate young musicians’ passion in becoming independent creative forces in their own communities.

Ms. Tsu is frequently invited as a guest artist at a number of summer festivals as well as to give master classes both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, she was on the faculties of the Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes and the Montecito International Music Festival, and also held a two-week residency at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi with her trio. After holding previous faculty positions at the Pomona College and Pacific Lutheran University, she joined the piano faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in 2010.

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