Pei-yeh Tsai, a Taiwan-born pianist, frequently appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician. Tsai’s musical education includes receiving her graduate diploma from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky, her master’s degree from The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal, and her D.M.A. from Boston University. She currently studies with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Pianist emeritus Mary Sauer.
Tsai’s awards include: first prize in the Aaron Richmond International Piano Competition; the Viardo Prize at the Viardo International Piano Competition in Dallas; the Sergio Fiorentino Memorial Award from the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation in Taiwan; the Rose Marie Milholland Award; the Marie Miller Award from the Peabody Conservatory in Boston; and receiving an award in the Iowa Piano Competition. She has also performed at Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, Fitchburg State University, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Pei-yeh has appeared in concert in Moscow, Vienna, Spain, Austria and Taiwan. In 2012, she was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 ‘Soul Music’ by Rosie Boulton.
Pei-yeh enjoys collaborating with a variety of musicians and ensembles. She currently holds the position of Principal Pianist with both the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. This season, she will be soloing with the Peoria Symphony. Each summer, she works as the staff accompanist for trumpet, tuba and double bass workshops at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.
As an advocate for new music, Pei-yeh was a member of the electronic and acoustical ensemble BleepBlop, and has worked with the Alea III ensemble. She performed the premiere of the piano concerto “Thresholds”, written by Ketty Nez and performed by the Boston University Wind Ensemble. Three years ago, she collaborated with the Berklee School of Music and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creating a music-controlled robot with an accompanying light display.
An enthusiastic music educator for over ten years, Pei-yeh has guided her students to wins in international competitions and performances at Carnegie Hall. She also sits as a judge at the Granite State Piano Competition. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, as well as hiking and backpacking in areas all over the country.
Pei-yeh Tsai’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by Robert H. Baum and MaryBeth Kretz.