Pianist Ai-Ying Chiu has appeared as both soloist and chamber pianist at many important concert halls in the U.S., Russian, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. Ms. Chiu was born in Taiwan in 1982, where she stared playing the piano when she was four years old. Since the age of nine, she has been enrolled in schools which have enabled her to focus entirely on musical studies. In 1997, she was accepted into the piano department of Tainan National University of the Arts, receiving a perfect score at her entrance audition. During her undergraduate career, where she was a student of Ya-Zong Hong, she appeared in numerous concerts at TNNUA’s Concert Hall, and at the prestigious Chih-Shan Hall of Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in Kaohsiung City, both as a soloist and as a member of a variety of chamber ensembles.
In pursuit of her Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diploma, Ms. Chiu entered The Boston Conservatory with a full-tuition scholarship in 2005, and began studies with Michael Lewin. During her time at The Boston Conservatory, she won the highly competitive H. Wilfred Churchill Piano Scholarship Competition and an opportunity to work with the Conservatory orchestra on Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff. In 2008, she received an Honorable Mention Award at The Boston Conservatory's Mozart Concerto Competition, earning another opportunity to play the concerto with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra and conductor Bruce Hangen.
Ai-Ying Chiu has been a finalist and award recipient at many International Competitions such as Russian Music Piano Competition, Seattle Piano Competition, Chinese International Piano Competition, Steinway Piano Competition, Arlington Young Artist Competition, etc. She has been invited to perform in numorous important concert halls in Russia, France, Germany, Italy, U.S.A., Canada and Taiwan. This includes performances of a Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 at Basilica San Francesco in Assisi, with Enrico Marconi and the Sinphonia Perusina, and solo performances at the Rachmaninoff Concert Hall in Tambov, Russia, The Town Hall in NYC, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya in Seattle among others, receiving highly favorable reviews from the audience
As a pianist, Ms. Chiu actively works with other musicians and artists. She is the founding member of Voyage Piano Trio and Kaohsiung Chamber Music Ensemble. She resides in Boston and also holds a teaching position at New School of Music in Cambridge.