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Albert Tiu, Pianist

The Winner of 2000 International Web Concert Hall Competition

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One of the outstanding pianists of his generation, Albert Tiu has an eclectic repertoire ranging from Sweelinck to Stockhausen and from Bach to Bolcom. He was won several awards, among them the First Prize in the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa; the Second Prize in the Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition; and the Juilliard William Petschek Award, which resulted in a New York debut recital in Alice Tully Hall.

Highlights of his performing career include appearances as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Northern Sinfonia (England), Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Philippine Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and the Juilliard Symphony, appearing in venues such as the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Hamburg Musikhalle; the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain; Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore; Jack Singer Hall in Calgary; Orchestra Hall in Detroit; and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York.

In past summers, Mr. Tiu has appeared in the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg; the Santander International Festival; the Harare International Festival in Zimbabwe; the Fredericksburg Festival in Virginia; the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario; the New York Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series; and the FOCUS! Festival of Contemporary Music at Juilliard. As an active chamber musician, Mr. Tiu has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet, the Muir String Quartet, clarinetist Charles Neidich, flautist Carol Wincenc and tenor Robert White.

Born in Cebu, Philippines, Mr. Tiu graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Jerome Lowenthal. His previous studies were with Michael Lewin at the Boston Conservatory; at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and at the University of the Philippines.

 

Mr. Tiu's discography includes two solo CDs; "Variations" which was released by Arktos Recordings in Canada, and the other entitled "Salamisim" (Reminiscence), a collection of short and popular pieces released by Bookmark Audio in the Philippines.  Mr. Tiu is now based in Singapore, where he is currently Assistant Professor in the Singapore Conservatory of Music.   In his spare time, he enjoys assembling gigantic jigsaw puzzles and spending time with his wife Susan and son Alexander. To contact: cobico92@yahoo.com

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