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Ming Tsu

InstrumentalArts: Piano


Phone: 323.387.9638

Fax: 661.253.7817

Room: B321

Pianist Ming Tsu is widely recognized as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She has given concerts in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the United States and her performances and recordings have been broadcast on German National Radio as well as over 40 stations throughout the United States. Ms. Tsu joined two times Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music in 2003 and recorded the complete chamber works for piano and strings by Carlos Chávez in 2005. She also recorded chamber works by Pulitzer Prize nominee Chinary Ung in 2006, as well chamber works by William Kraft in 2008, which in 2010 received another Grammy nomination. In March 2010, Ms. Tsu travelled to Vietnam with Southwest Chamber Music, one of three organizations chosen by the U.S. State Department for the Ascending Dragon Music Festival and Cultural Exchange, the largest cultural exchange between the two countries in their history. Committed passionately to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Ms. Tsu has performed in several new music festivals in Europe and has collaborated with composers such as György Kurtág, Morton Subotnick, William Kraft, Chinary Ung, Henri Lazarof, James Newton, Lei Liang, Joan Huang, Eric Flesher, Patricio Da Silva, Peter Knell, Rob Paterson and others.

In addition to performing, Ming Tsu has established herself as a much sought after teacher. Many of her students have continued their studies at music schools such as the Peabody and Oberlin Conservatories, the Longy School of Music and Northwestern and Columbia Universities. Ms. Tsu is frequently invited to give master classes in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at the Hanoi National Conservatory in Vietnam. After teaching positions at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle and the Pomona College in Claremont, Ms. Tsu joined the piano faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts in the Fall of 2010.

Ming Tsu has received degrees in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Indiana University and University of Washington (DMA).

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