ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 13, 2007) -- Ohio University's College of Fine Arts and School of Music are pleased to present a Visiting Artist Recital, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the School of Music Recital Hall. The program will feature Tianshu Wang, pianist, and will include works by Franz Schubert, Tan Dun, and Franz Liszt. The concert is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed as a "superbly talented pianist" who plays with "prodigious technique and eloquent phrasing" by the press, Tianshu Wang has appeared on concert stages in the United States, China, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. She has also received invitations to perform in Europe and Taiwan. Winner of many competitions, including the first prize in the National Young Artist Piano Competition in Colorado, she is active in both solo and collaborative performances and has played with many major orchestras in China and the United States. In 1996, she was selected to perform in the concert titled "Showcase of Talent" at the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas, and in the summer of 2002.
She performed in the opening concert of the fifth Shenyang International Music Festival. She has been a regular juror of the prestigious Beijing National Piano Competition since 2005. In 2007, she is engaged to perform solo recitals in Ohio and many different cities in China. In August, she will appear as the featured artist at the Kodaly International Conference hosted by Capital University.
Tianshu has presented lectures in many state, regional and national conferences and has given master classes at California State University (Long Beach), Wittenberg University, Otterbein College, Mary-Baldwain College, Ohio University, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and the Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her article on piano pedagogy was published in Keyboard Companion.
A native of China, Wang holds degrees from the University of Arizona (M.M. and D.M. A. in Piano Performance) and the Shaghai Conservatory of Music (B. M. in Piano Performance). Her teachers include Zhu Ya-Fen, who also taught Lang Lang, and Nicholas Zumbro, a student of the legendary Rosina Lh?vienne. Dr. Wang is currently a tenured associate professor at Capital University. Prior to this appointment, she served on the piano faculty of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She is also a professor and chair of the piano department at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China.
Wang's biography has been listed in "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who of American Women" and "Who's Who in China." The CD set "Encyclopedia of Chinese Classical Piano Music," in which she is featured as a major performer, has been a best seller in China, and the CD she recorded with trumpeter Richard Stoezel has been released on the Albany label in America. Wang now lives in Pickerington, Ohio, with her artist husband, Jian, and their two boys, David (6) and Kevin (3).
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