375. Jonathan Tsay 蔡宇明, Pianist / 2016/11

 Jonathan Tsay蔡宇明, Pianist

%e8%94%a1%e5%ae%87%e6%98%8eBorn and raised in Arlington, Texas, Jonathan started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of five. Under the tutelage of Carol Leone, Jonathan earned a Bachelors of Music with Honors at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). While at SMU, he was the recipient of the van Katwijk Award, the Roy and Sue Johnson Award, and the Mu Phi Epsilon Award. Jonathan entered l’Université de Montréal in 2005 as a Masters of Music student of Marc Durand, and through an accelerated program received his doctorate I 2009.

Jonathan has participated in the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Le Centre d’arts Orford in Quebec, and the Banff International Keyboard Festival. Through these institutes Jonathan has received instruction from some of the premier musicians from around the world, including Joaquín Achúcarro, Boris Berman, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, Boris Petrushansky, Abbey Simon, Arnold Steinhardt, and Tamas Ungar.

Jonathan has remained active as a chamber musician; of an appearance in a concert with violinist Stirling Trent, Scott Cantrell (The Dallas Morning News) writes: “Their impeccable performance… was the afternoon’s highlight.” Jonathan has collaborated with some of the world’s most recognized musicians such as Alessandra Marc, Chee-Yun, Nathan Olson (Co-Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic). Jonathan has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts Orchestra, and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change and the Avant Chamber Ballet. Jonathan currently is the Artistic Director of ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of Dallas, Texas.


First prize in the 4th annual Concours de musique de Repentigny (2006), Jonathan made his Canadian solo debut during the following concert season. He was a top prizewinner in the collegiate division of the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Award, and was also a top prizewinner in both solo and concerto divisions of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) piano competitions. He is also the winner of the South Central division of the 2004-2005 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Piano competition and was a national finalist. Performances in 2016 include performances for Fine Arts Chamber Players, Blanco Performing Arts, and a solo recital tour of Taiwan in December.

Jonathan’s other musical backgrounds include violin studies with Irene Lau, percussion studies with Joey Carter, composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting lessons with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips. Jonathan served as pianist, violinist, violist, and percussionist for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, where he also won the Young Artists’ Award.

Jonathan has composed scores to multiple documentaries; most recently he wrote music for Parker Brown’s exploration into college smoking entitled DRAG, which can be found on internet podcasts and public broadcasts throughout the US. Jonathan’s recordings can be found in Brahms – A Listener’s Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, published by Amadeus Press and available on amazon.com. A CD featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide May 2009.

美籍台裔鋼琴家蔡宇明 (Jonathan Tsay),為美國多項鋼琴大賽常勝軍,目前為克萊本(Van Cliburn)藝術學院專屬鋼琴家及Ensemble75室內樂的藝術總監。多年來,鑽研現代音樂及歌劇改編曲目。自2006年起,已發行多張個人鋼琴專輯,受到廣大觀眾喜愛。 蔡博士擁有著紮實的演奏技巧、精湛的音樂風格詮釋及豐富的音色變化將送給台灣樂迷們獨特豐富的音樂饗宴。

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