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3 Pianists Selected by SF Examiner in Memorable Concerts of 2013!
Richard Goode, András Schiff and Tien Hsieh!

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CD Cover NEW CD!

Recorded at Blue Wave Productions, Vancouver, BC
October 11-14, 2013
Piano: Fazioli 9'2"
Concert Grand
Recording & Mastering Engineer: Kris Siegers
Label: MSR Classics
Liner notes: Richard E. Rodda
Recording made possible
by sponsors:
Showcase Pianos | FAZIOLI
and Blue Wave Productions

Gramophone, April 2015  /  PDF
The Classical Reviewer, 12-14-14
Audiophile Audition Review, 12-10-14
Audio Society of Atlanta, November 2014, Review of Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2

Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2

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Musical America Logo Click here for Tien's Musical America Artist Showcase

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Magazine Cover
Tien on the cover of Sacramento Talent Magazine!
February, 2012 Issue
1st article in the publication: pages 8-11
Tien Hsieh:
Sacramento Talent Magazine

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Click on the links below to see Tien's recent e-newsletters!
Issue No. 1: August 2009 - Welcome to the first issue!
Issue No. 2: December 2009 - Leaping into 2010
Issue No. 3: Fall 2010 - Fall Conferencing
Issue No. 4: August 2011 - Greetings from Tien's World
Issue No. 5: January 2014 - Newsflash from Folsom, CA

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What's New Click here for past events


January 10-14, 2014
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)

Booth 202, Rhinelander Hall
Hilton New York (6th Ave between 53rd and 54th)
APAP|NYC 2014 Conference

March 2, 2014 - Sunday
Solo Recital Presented by Dance Palace

4:00 pm
Location: Dance Palace
503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, California 94956
(415) 663-1075
Dance Palace Community Center

April 2, 2014 @ 6:20-7:00 pm PST/9:20 EST
Interview on Fairchild Radio FM 96.1/Live AM 1470

Listen Live using FM96.1 Player
Listen Live at Tunein.com
Richmond, BC

April 3, 2014
TV Interview

Fairchild TV link
Richmond, BC

April 3, 2014
Master Class

Showcase Pianos Fazioli Room
5:00 p.m.
Richmond, BC
Showcase Academy

April 3-6, 2014
BC Touring Council: Pacific Contact Conference

Booth 62/63
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue
Burnaby, BC
BC Touring Council: Pacific Contact

August 10, 2014 - Sunday
Crocker Art Museum Classical Concert Series

3:00 PM
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

August 11, 2014
9:00-11:00 pm EDT/6:00-8:00 PST
Tune In! CKWR 98.5
Mostly Transcriptions 2: Bach & Beethoven Broadcast
Monday Evening Concert with Host Tom Quick

Click to listen live from anywhere
Broadcast program order (PDF)
Kitchener, Ontario Canada

August 19, 2014 - Tuesday
Noontime Concerts

12:30 pm
Old St. Mary's Cathedral
660 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 777-3211
SF Examiner: Tien Hsieh brings considered technique and intense expressiveness to her Liszt

September 2-5, 2014
Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference

Booth 506
Seattle, Washington

October 16, 2014

University of Vermont
6:00-7:30 pm
Recital Hall
Burlington, VT 95401

October 17, 2014
Vermont Public Radio with Walter Parker

Live on VPR and VPR CLassical
11:00 a.m.
Burlington, VT

October 17, 2014 - Friday
University of Vermont Lane Series

7:30 pm
Solo Recital: Liszt Program
Recital Hall
Burlington, Vermont

October 20, 2014 - Monday
Solo Recital: Liszt Program
Presented by American Liszt Society - Boston Chapter

8:00 PM
Boston University
School of Music, College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Ave.
Marshall Hall, 2nd floor
Boston, MA
ALS flyer

October 23, 2014 - Thursday
Hungarian Liszt Society - Pécs

4:00 pm
Solo Recital: Liszt Program
House of Arts and Literature
Pécs, Hungary

October 25, 2014 - Saturday
Liszt Memorial Museum and Research Center
Solo Recital: Liszt Program

11:00 AM
Budapest, Hungary

October 26, 2014 - Sunday
Liszt Festival in Albano

Solo Recital: Liszt Program
6:00 PM (18:00)
Albano, Italy
Albano Liszt Festival 2014 Poster, Italy

November 17, 2014
Chouteau County Performing Arts

Outreach Programs
Fort Benton, Montana

November 18, 2014
Chouteau County Performing Arts

Solo Recital and Outreach Program
7:00 PM Evening Concert
1406 Franklin Street
Fort Benton, Montana


February 26, 2015 - Thursday
UCSF: Chancellor's Concert Series

12:15 pm
Cole Hall, University of California
513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
UCSF - Parnassus Campus map

April 7, 2015 - Tuesday
Noontime Concerts

12:30 pm
Old St. Mary's Cathedral
660 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 777-3211
SF Examiner review

April 25, 2015
Solo Recital
Los Banos Arts Council

Ted Falasco Arts Center
7:30 PM
1105 Fifth Street
Los Banos, CA 93635

August 14, 2015 - Friday
Scriabin Festival

8:00 pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Scriabin Program at Old First

August 31 - September 3, 2015
WAA Conference (Western Arts Alliance)

Booth 709
The Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive Vancouver, BC V6G2V4
Conference schedule

October 12-15, 2015
Arts Northwest Booking Conference
Juried Showcase Block 2 - Tuesday, Oct 13

@ 2:15-4:45 pm
Boise Centre & Boise Special Events Center
Boise State University
Boise, ID
Conference schedule

October 24, 2015 - Saturday
Maier Hall Concert Series
Solo Recital
7:00 pm
Peninsula College
1502 East Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 95632


April 9, 2016 - Saturday
7:30 pm
Roswell Symphony Orchestra

John Farrer, Conductor
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Pearson Auditorium at NMMC
101 W. College
Roswell, New Mexico

June 2-5, 2016
Festival of the American Liszt Society

Valley Performing Arts Center
California State University, Northridge

July 14, 2016 - Thursday
Brookside Music Association

7:30 pm
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, Ontario

August 3, 2016 - Wednesday
Spring Lake Village

7 pm
Santa Rosa, CA

August 30, 2016 - Tuesday
Noontime Concerts

12:30 pm
Old St. Mary's Cathedral
660 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

October 10-13, 2016
Arts Northwest Booking Conference

Spokane, WA

October 15, 2016 - Saturday
Water Music Festival

Leadbetter Farms Lighthouse
Oysterville, WA

October 20, 2016 - Thursday
Salmon Arts Council

200 Main Street
Salmon, Idaho 83467

November 18, 2016 - Friday
Carson Valley Arts Council

7 PM
Douglas County Community Center
Waterloo, Gardnerville, NV


May 20, 2017 - Saturday
Accueil Musical de Saint-Merry

20h (8 pm)
76 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris, France

May 28, 2017 - Sunday
American Church In Paris

The Atelier Concert Series
17h (5 pm)
65 Quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris, France

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CD Cover Mostly Transcriptions
CD Release!

Release Date:
November 9, 2010!

Featuring Bach-Busoni, Schubert-Liszt, Chopin-Liszt, Liszt, and, a pair of dedications by Cortese and Schumann-Liszt!

Find CD at:
Barnes & Noble.com

Recorded at Blue Wave Productions in Vancouver, BC
on February 6-8, 2010

Instrument: Fazioli 9'2" Concert Grand Piano
Recording Engineer: Ken Burke
Producer: Tien Hsieh
Label: Titanic Records
Liner Notes: Richard E. Rodda
Recording made possible by sponsors Blue Wave Productions and Showcase Pianos | FAZIOLI

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"[ * * * * ] [Liszt's Venezia e Napoli] is finely executed with a delicate yet persistent touch that serves the music well... Tien Hsieh once again proves herself a dominating and forcefully interpretative presence. Her technique is strong, her tone warm and clear, and she identifies with these pieces in a way that would have made Earl Wild, that master of transcriptions, proud. Sound is excellent."

Steve Ritter, Audiophile Audition [February 2015]

"This program centers around the transcriptions of Franz Liszt. Liszt drew significant inspiration from the music of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Bach. It is "mostly" transcriptions because Hsieh includes several original pieces of Liszt from Venezia e Napoli and a lovely, meditative piece of new music by Glen Cortese called Elegy (2008). I enjoyed listening to this recording while reading along the scores of the original works. The effect is that Liszt himself was in my living room, creating extempore fantasias on pieces he loved, or spontaneously transcribing and embellishing the music at sight.

Hsieh opens the program with Busoni's transcription of Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue. In that transcription, Busoni expands on the Lisztian tradition. Hsieh plays with grace and energy. She has a keen ear for the music's architecture, and make the piano sing in every register."

American Record Guide, May/June 2011 (P. 209)
Benjamin Katz

"Hsieh's interpretation of Busoni's transcription shows just as much respect for Bach as Busoni did. Her approach to phrasing and dynamics is characteristically nineteenth-century; but that is what we should expect of a reading of Busoni..."
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September 2, 2011
Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com

"Clearly rendered and intimately performed"

Sacramento Bee, March 18, 2011
Edward Ortiz

"...I am very pleased that she has returned with her impressively exciting accounts of the Bach-Busoni and also the Bach-Liszt Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, and the Schumann-Liszt "Widmung" (which was likewise an encore at the end of the 2008 Weill Hall concert). I still retain in my mind's ear beautiful performances of Beethoven's Op. 111 and Schumann's "Humoresque" at that recital.

In commenting upon this recorded anthology, I can reiterate that Tien Hsieh is a formidable virtuoso and also a magnetic musical persona... In terms of color, texture and concentration on detail, she immediately makes you sit up and take notice! The opening measures of the Bach-Busoni Toccata, slashing and sparely pedaled, along with the arranger's clever "Busonifications", recreate the facsimile of the original organ, with its characteristic squeal and visceral intensity. (I might add that the state-of-the-art fidelity of the recording further enhances the physical allure of this thrusting and appropriate interpretation). (Note too, Ms. Hsieh's precise articulation of the Fugue)."
Read the full review: New York Concert Review Inc.

Harris Goldsmith
New York Concert Review
February 25, 2011

"The Busoni and Liszt Bach transcriptions, as well as the Cortese piece, have the effect of solid pillars, with the song transcriptions providing a more lyrical contrast, and Hsieh's readings find links between Busoni and Liszt: she has a way of deploying accent and articulation that suggest the quirky personal charisma each pianist-composer must have had."

James Manheim, AllMusic.com