Hsiu-Hui Wang, piano
Dr. Hsiu-Hui Wang has enjoyed the enthusiastic applause of audiences across the United States and her native Taiwan. After a radiant performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, The Baltimore Sun admired her “graceful, buoyant” performance, adding that “there is an appealing sense of lift to her playing, which gave Beethoven’s passage work a balletic quality.” The New Britain Herald was impressed with the ardor of her playing, remarking that "watching the dramatic expressiveness with which [she] played was also a treat to behold. . . ." At the age of 19, Dr. Wang performed from memory the monumental first book of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in recitals at Hartt School of Music and University of Maryland at College Park. She has since appeared with the Emerson String Quartet and performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Hartt Symphony Orchestra, New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and Columbia Orchestra as well as performed at the Aspen Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Waterloo Music Festival, and Yellow Barn Music Festival. Dr. Wang has won numerous competitions and awards (many won while still a teenager) such as the Emerson String Quartet Competition, the Connecticut MTNA Competitions, Renee B. Fisher Young Artist Piano Competitions, and the Hartford Symphony Auxiliary's young Artist Competition.
As a founding member of the Gemini Piano Trio, Dr. Wang has won top prizes in the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs National Competition, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition, and the 1997 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards competition. The trio was praised for their “amazing virtuosity” by Music Monthly, as well as for their Taipei debut performance that “epitomized the idiom of chamber music” by The Taipei times. The San Diego Union-Tribune hailed them as “mind readers, anticipating each other’s every move” while applauding their “almost uncanny musical closeness.” The trio has also performed guest engagements at the Phillips Collection, Princeton University, Penn State University, University of Maryland College Park, the Johns Hopkins University, the Southern Methodist University, the Chang Jung Christian University, and Soochow University in Taiwan and was featured on National Public Radio. The American Record Guide praised the trio’s début CD featuring works by Ives and Brahms saying, “There is an admirable balance between confidence, polished technique, and impulsive, romantic ardor in this performance.” Their second album, featuring trios by Ravel and Shostakovich, also has been well-received by audiences around the world with great enthusiasm. The trio recently joined the roster of artists at the Arabesque Records.
Dr. Wang received her bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from the Hartt School of Music, master's degree from the University of Southern California, and her doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has studied with international artists such as Raymond Hanson, Anne Koscielny, Gabriel Chodos, Stewart Gordon, and Thomas Schumacher. Dr. Wang has also received chamber music coachings from Menahem Pressler, Cecile Licad, Cho-Liang Lin, Ida Kavafian, David Finckel, and Wu Han. Her published doctoral dissertation, “Tracing the Development of the French Piano Trio” has been recognized by Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts’s newest edition of The Piano in Chamber Ensemble: An Annotated Guide as well as by John H. Baron’s Chamber Music: A Research and Information Guide.
Dr. Wang has been a dedicated teacher for over twenty-five years, and her students have won first prizes in various competitions. She has also been invited to chair and adjudicate many piano competitions and festivals. She is currently a music faculty member at Goucher College and Howard Community College where she has been selected as the 2003-2004 Arts and Humanities Division Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member and as a co-founder /director of the Gemini Piano Trio Summer Chamber Music Workshop for the past five years. She also received the Honorary Citizenship from the City of Dallas, Office of Culture Affairs for her 2005 performances with the Gemini Piano Trio at the Southern Methodist University. Dr. Wang completed a three-city concert tour in Taiwan to great acclaim with the Gemini Piano Trio, including a sold-out debut concert at the Taipei National Concert Recital Hall in January of 2008. The trio is scheduled to appear on the Weill Recital Hall Chamber Music Series at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2010.