About the soloists:
Pianist Nicholas Tagab is an active performer and dedicated teacher. Recent
performances include his solo recital in Brechemin Auditorium and a recorded lecture recital on the Khachaturian Piano Concerto. While maintaining a private studio, Nicholas has also been a TA at the University of Washington, for the Humanities First program and for the piano program at the School of Music. In addition, Nicholas has worked with local high school choral programs, with his most recent appointment serving as the collaborative pianist and vocal coach for North Creek High School. Completing his DMA at the University of Washington with Dr. Robin McCabe, Nicholas received his BM in piano performance at UW as well with Dr. McCabe, and a MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music with Santiago Rodriguez and Naoko Takao.
Born in Beijing, Yiyi Chen began studying piano at the age of four and performed annually at the Beijing Concert Hall, Concert Hall of Central Conservatory of Music, and Forbidden City Concert Hall. She received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from New York University studying with Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez and her Master of Music in piano performance from Northwestern University with Dr. James Giles. She will
receive her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from University of Washington this June studying with Dr. Robin McCabe. While completing her studies she has continued to perform both domestically and abroad, including at the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy and the International Holland Music Sessions.
Hanyan Zheng began her piano studies at age 4 with her father. She has given frequent solo and chamber music performance in United States; Europe and China. Hanyan was first prize winner at Faszlo Spezzaferri Italy International Music Competition 2021, and third prize winner at WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2021.
Hanyan Zheng earned her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the China Conservatory and Master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing the Doctoral degree of Musical Arts in piano performance at the
University of Washington, where she studies with Dr. Robin McCabe.
Kiwa is originally from the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. After completing her studies at Ueno Gakuen Music School in Tokyo, she moved to the United States to pursue a career in piano performance. She currently holds a Bachelor of Music and is pursuing her Master of Music at University of Washington, studying under Dr. Robin McCabe. In 2020, she took 1st place at the UW School of Music Concerto competition and in 2022 she took 1st in the University Division of The American Prize in Piano Performance.
Alice Liu has been a national finalist and prizewinner, performing at Canada’s NAC, Orford, CMC competitions, Vancouver Art Gallery, and in Europe at the Académies Internationales du Nancy. She’s been a Musician in Residence at the Banff Centre and has worked with André Laplante, Angela Hewitt, John Perry, Jane Coop, and Noriko Ogawa. Alice received her MM at McGill University with Kyoko Hashimoto, a BM from the University of Ottawa with Stéphane Lemelin, and an Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory. She’s a DMA candidate studying with Craig Sheppard, and her dissertation is supported by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.