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  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

Ming Tsu

Ming Tsu
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Pianist Ming Tsu is acclaimed for her imaginative and refined performances of both the standard and contemporary repertoire. She has appeared on concert stages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and her CD recordings and live performances have been broadcast on over fifty radio stations across the United States and Europe. An avid performer of contemporary music and chamber music, Ms. Tsu has been active in premieres of many new works and collaborations 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, Pham Minh Tang, Alexandra du Bois, Robert Paterson, Kurt Rhode, Karen Tanaka and Juhi Bansal. She has recorded chamber music works by composers Miguel del Águila, Rebecca Clarke, William Kraft, Henri Lazarof, Maria Newman, Gabriela Ortiz and Chinary Ung. In addition, she recorded the complete chamber music works for piano and strings by Mexican composer Carlos Chávez with Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music, for which she served as the principal pianist for ten years.

A passionate pedagogue, Ms. Tsu enjoys a stellar reputation as a teacher of both piano and chamber music. With her musical insight and analytical approach to piano technique, she has worked with countless students to attain greater freedom on their instrument and achieve a deeper sense of artistry. Ms. Tsu has formerly taught at CalArts and Pomona College. In 2018, she joined the piano faculty at California State University, Northridge. She is also co-founder and artistic director of the Borromeo Music Festival in Switzerland.

Ming Tsu was born in Taiwan and received her degrees in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (BM) studying with Patricia Zander, Indiana University (MM) with Edward Auer and Evelyne Brancart, and University of Washington (DMA) with Béla Siki and Craig Sheppard.