Taiwanese Pianist Cecilia Lo-Chien Kao enjoys performing in a wide variety of styles, from chamber music to opera, orchestral, and choral ensemble music. She has worked as a staff accompanist at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University in Georgia, where she collaborated with students of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and earned an artist diploma in collaborative piano.
Ms. Kao has also participated in many music festivals. She is an alumna of the Aspen School of Music and Music Academy of the West, and performed as a guest artist in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival in Florida. She also has collaborated with many distinguished artists including, Robert McDuffie, Stefan Jackiw, David Coucheron, Jennifer Stumm, Bion Tsang, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and many others as well.
Ms. Kao is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her second Master of Music degree in collaborative piano and studied with one of the pioneer collaborative piano educators in the nation, Anne Epperson. She is the first pianist to earn a Master of Art degree in collaborative piano from National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in solo piano. Ms. Kao is currently pursing her Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was awarded a teaching assistantship. She studies with Margaret McDonald and Alexandra Nguyen. Ms. Kao will be performing on the CU Boulder college of music showcase at Carnegie Hall this November.
Cecilia hails from Taipei, Taiwan and is a proud descendant of the indigenous Amis Tribe. This is the second summer Ms. Kao has had the pleasure of joining the collaborative staff at the Meadowmount School of Music.