Congratulations for students' awards in 2020-2021

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.

December 2020:  
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!  


Teaching Biography

Dr. Tzu-Yi Chen 
One of Taiwan’s most talented and promising pianists of her generation.  She is known for her musical insight, wide ranged repertoire, technical command, and up to five language skills (English German French Chinese Taiwanese). Dr. Chen performs actively as soloist, collaborative artist, and church musician.  
She is currently serving as Piano Faculty at prestigious Levine School of Music in Washington D.C.

1) 2002 - 2006:  Master Degree (Premiere Prix) from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance de Paris. (CNSMDP)

2) 2006 - 2011:  Second Master degree of piano performance and “Solistexamen” – the highest diploma of piano performance (equivalent to DMA) in the National Kalrsurhe Music University in Germany, while serving as a Lecturer of Piano in Karlsruhe Music University as well.
3) 2011 – 2013:  Full scholarship to study Artist Diploma in Columbus State University, Georgia, while serving as a Piano Teaching Assistant. 

4) After graduating in 2013, she was hired as Staff Pianist and a Piano and Violin Instructor by the Preparatory Division of Columbus State University, as well as being the Founder of the International Friendship Ministries Arts Academy in Columbus. 

5) 2014-Present: Piano Faculty at Levine School of Music, Washington D.C.

6) 2018-Present: Current DMA in Piano Performance (Doctoral Candidacy since 2020, Dissertation in working progress) at University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Chen’s passion and diligent work ethic has afforded her many notable awards (among USA, Russia, Germany, 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 CSU concerto competition at Schwob Music School (2012)
  • 4th prize in the Darmstadt international Chopin competition in Germany (2009) and many others
Highlights of the season 2014-2015, she has been invited by The Distinguished Concerts Artists Series in New York for her Carnegie Hall Debut in October 11th, 2014. “Magnificent,” wrote Frank Daykin of the New York Concert Review about her 2014 solo debut at Carnegie Hall. “She displayed…technical command…beautiful tone, total artistic involvement, deep feeling, stylistic understanding, and…the feeling of spontaneity, even risk, that makes an evening truly memorable, often electrifying.”

In 2021, Tzu-yi will perform the Poulenc piano concerto at the National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan and an all-Liszt recital at Taipei’s National Concert Hall. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, she recently live-streamed solo recitals from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Church of the Epiphany, and is on faculty at the Levine School of Music. In fall 2021, she will complete doctoral studies at the University of Maryland where she is researching the works of Franz Liszt.

Tzu-yi is on the artist roster of the New-York based New Asia Chamber Music Society, appearing on its 2018 “Unforgettable Memories” CD. In 2020, the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery live-streamed her collaboration with the group performing a Beethoven piano quartet as well as compositions by Taiwanese and Asian-American composers and arrangements of Japanese folk songs.

Tzu-yi Chen currently resides in Vienna Tysons area, and is available to teach private piano, violin and viola at home after interviewing the students.

Mr. Dotson Hsing (Assistant teacher)
Dotson Hsing is studying at the University of Maryland, College Park pursuing a double degree in computer science and piano performance, both with scholarships.

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 forming student's daily practice routine, coaching technical studies, and teaching music theories.  

Westwood Village Community at Spring Hill Metro Station, 3 min. drive to the Spring Hill Elementary School.  
First-time student requires a free interview together with the parents.  
Please email for interview schedules. (Starting from May 15th, 2021

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