34. Hsiang-Ling Hsiao 蕭湘舲, Pianist/2014/10

Hsiang-Ling Hsiao 蕭湘舲, Pianist

Pianist Hsiang-Ling Hsiao 蕭湘舲, a native of Taiwan, is a third-year doctoral student in Collaborative Piano under Professor Rita Sloan at the University of Maryland. While in her undergrad, she discovered that her passion for collaborating with instrumentalists was more than just a hobby. In addition, participating in Maryland Opera Studio’s productions has sparked her obsession with opera, along with an ever-growing fondness of art songs. Though being a collaborative pianist and performing frequently with instrumentalists and singers keeps her busy, Ms. Hsiao enjoys playing as much solo music as time permits, and she was honored to perform Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto with University of Maryland Repertory Orchestra as a result of winning the third prize in the 2011 UMD Concerto Competition.

After spending summers of 2010-2012 at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado as a recipient of the three-year New Horizons Fellowship, Ms. Hsiao is looking forward to returning this summer as a staff pianist. In August 2012, Ms. Hsiao was invited by David Halen, the Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, to join the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, Missouri where she performed with members of the symphony in sold-out concerts. Ms. Hsiao holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied with Gregory Allen, and performed in masterclasses with Christoph Eschenbach and Leon Fleisher, among others.