Meet Dr. Tian

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Pianist Tian Tian began her piano training at the age of four in her native China. Upon arriving in the United States, she studied with Logan Skelton and quickly began amassing top prizes at national and international competitions. These included 2nd prize at the MTNA Baldwin Junior High school Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Cooper International Piano Competition (Oberlin), 1st prize at the Idyllwild Arts Academy Young Artist Competition, 2nd prize at the Missouri Southern International Competition, and 3rd place at the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.

She continued her training at the Juilliard School, where she received
B.M. and M.M. degrees under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. In the fall
2011 Tian completed  a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature with a minor in Chamber Music and Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of (and served as teaching assistant to) Nelita True.

Dr. Tian maintains a busy performance schedule in the U.S and abroad. Solo appearances have included music festivals such as Piano Texas, the Gilmore Festival, and Summer Courses with Arie Vardi (Germany). Recent concerto appearances included the Windsor Symphony and the
Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Studzinsky Trio, she has recently performed in the U.S., China, and Korea.

Dr. Tian was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at Shandong
Teacher’s University and Yunnan Institute for the Arts (in 2008),
Shaoxing Academy of the Arts (2009), Weifang Academy, Mudanjiang
Teacher’s University, Ludong University, and Qufu University (2010).

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