Congratulations for students' awards in 2021-2022
June 2022: Elly Zhou, Honor Student, invitation to play in Honors Recital in Washington D.C. Teachers Association
May 2022: Elly Zhou, 1st Place Winner in Hartman Piano Award in Washington D.C.
2021 Tzuyi Chen's Piano Studio was honored as Top-Talent Circle in Northern Virginia, National Guild Piano Auditions
December 2021: Elly Zhou, Top prize winner at Washington D.C. Music Teacher Association Honors recital (age 12 and under).
June 2021: Elly Zhou, Advanced to the semi-final round of International William Knabe Piano Competition.
May 2021: Elly Zhou, 2nd Place Winner in Hartman Piano Award in Washington D.C.
April 2021: Elly Zhou, Honorabe mention in Bach/Baroque Competition in Washington D.C.
January 2021: Elly Zhou, 2nd place at American Protege Piano Competition, NY.
Elly Zhou, 2nd place
Emery Que, 3rd place
Cynthia Xie, Honorary mention at YMIC Metropolitan Music Festival
Teaching students may be stressful for some soloist, but for me it means the opportunity to share my knowledge with my students, to help them to develop their musical skills and insights.
My objectives of being a great piano pedagogue is to know how to balance between the stress and the rewards to the students in order to reach their ultimate goals, and knowing how to tailor the pace and the content of the teaching material according to different characters and lives of each student.
My love for the music, not only for playing on big stages around the world as concert performer, but also in teaching, allows me to connect with my students, to develop their imagination and help them to discover a world filled with beauty.
I am willing to infuse and share ideas in a creative environment with energy and enthusiasm, and I am looking forward meeting you!
“Magnificent,” wrote the New York Concert Review about Taiwanese-American pianist Tzu-yi Chen’s 2014 solo debut at Carnegie Hall, praising her “total artistic involvement” and “feeling of spontaneity.” The Review described her 2019 piano-duo recital there with Lan-in Winnie Yang as “delightful” and applauded her 2022 Carmina Burana collaboration’s “unflagging energy,” and remarking on “the high-octane enthusiasm of the outstanding pianists.”
Tzu-yi’s upcoming schedule includes recitals comprising works of Liszt, Fanny Mendelsssohn, Florence Price and Ke-chia Chen at national venues in Taiwan and Bolzano, Italy. Based in Washington, D.C. and is on faculty at the Levine School of Music, she has performed and lectured in Universities in US and Taiwan.
The 2018 CD of the New-York-based New Asia Chamber Music Society, “Unforgettable Memories,” features Tzu-yi in works of Beethoven and Shi-hui Chen. She has performed in DC’s Smithsonian museum, New York’s Merkin Hall, Taiwan’s national halls, Paraguay’s Central Bank, and Darmstadt’s national parliament.
In 2022, Tzu-yi will complete doctoral studies at the University of Maryland. She also holds degrees from the Paris Conservatory, the National Karlsruhe Music University in Germany, and Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where she co-founded the International Friendship Ministries’ Arts Academy to teach children and youth.
1) 2002 - 2006: Earned the Premiere Prix (equivalent to Master’s Degree) from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris, known as the Paris Conservatory.
2) 2006 - 2011: Earned the Solistenxamen, the highest diploma of piano performance (equivalent to the Doctor of Musical Arts) in piano performance at the National Kalrsurhe Music University in Germany while also serving the university Lecturer.
3) 2011 – 2013: Awarded full scholarship to study for the Artist Diploma at Columbus State University, Georgia, and worked as Piano Teaching Assistant. After graduating, was hired as Staff Pianist and a Piano and Violin Instructor by the school’s Preparatory Division. While in Columbus, co-founded the International Friendship Ministries Arts Academy.
4) 2014-Present: Piano Faculty at Levine School of Music, Washington D.C.
5) 2018-Present: Currently completing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at University of Maryland, College Park, with expected graduation of fall 2022.
Dr. Chen’s passion and diligent work ethic has afforded her many notable awards from USA, Russia, Germany, and Taiwan
- 2nd Prize International Liszt Competition held by American Liszt Society in Baltimore as well as Best Interpretation Prize for Liszt compositions and Bartok compositions (2015)
- 1st Prize in Mozart Scholarship Competition at Atlanta Pro-Mozart Society (2014)
- 1st prize in Georgia’s Music Teachers Association upper college level (2013)
- 1st prize in the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition (2012)
- 1st prize in the Columbus State University concerto competition at the Schwob Music School (2012)
- 4th prize in the Darmstadt international Chopin competition in Germany (2009)
- and many others
Starting his piano studies at age four, he has studied with Tzi-Ming Yang, Kwan Yi, Mikhail Volchok and is currently studying with Mayron Tsong. Dotson frequently performs at competitions in the DMV metropolitan area, and has appeared as a soloist with his high school orchestra, local performance venues, and at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.
Dotson is a prizewinner of many competitions including the Bethesda Steinway Chopin Competition, the Baltimore International Piano Festival Competition, and The Maryland State Music Teachers Association Competitions. When he is not practicing, Dotson enjoys exploring the possibilities of computers and code.
Dotson started music tutelage in McLean area at young age while he was at high school. And he continues doing so after entering UMD pursing the music degree.
Dotson is extremely patient and particularly good at designing student's daily practice routine, coaching technical studies, and teaching music theories. Dotson also help accompany students' concerto competitions, as well as coordinate studio events.
Students and parents love him. He is known for his good character, excellent communication skill, calm and kind personality, a great sense of responsibility, and willingness to assist students in any kind of stressful situation.
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