As one reviewer from the San Francisco bay area recently quoted, "Serious, composed, tiny and full of music, Tien Hsieh lets her artistry on the piano express a warmth and freshness of ideas that surely none but a poet could explain". Another reviewer said she "...delivered electrifying performances of music of monumentally heroic difficulty. Works by Messiaen, Beethoven and finally Liszt's Rhapsodie Espagnole were breathtaking in their technical quality and interpretive maturity." Her Schumann Humoresque, Op. 20 was described as 'Grand, relentless, madness explained, love caught through fingertips and galloping hooves trailing off to pastoral dreams.
I enjoyed listening to this recording while reading along the scores of the original works. The effect is that Liszt himself was in my living room, creating extempore fantasias on pieces he loved, or spontaneously transcribing and embellishing the music at sight.
American Record Guide
Tien Hsieh gave an unforgettable concert at the Chilkat Center for the Arts. Her performance ranged from beautiful, delicate whispers to heart-stopping storms of pure passion. Her absolute virtuosity was impressive, and her willingness to interact with the audience provided just the right kind of personal touch that made the evening so fulfilling. Personable, gracious, and fun-loving, Tien Hsieh is a presenter’s dream and an audience’s delight.
- Tom Heywood,
Haines Arts Council
What a joy it was to have Tien in Sandpoint once again! She'd dazzled the 2,000 plus crowd at our Festival at Sandpoint when she starred with the Spokane Symphony three summers ago. We were so pleased to bring her back for our Pend Oreille Arts Council Mainstage series in the historic Panida Theater on Friday, November 13. The crowd loved her! She received a standing ovation at intermission as well as at the conclusion of her concert!
- Marilyn Sabella,
Pend Oreille Arts Council
I just wanted to say how awestruck and grateful I am for Tien’s concert last night. She literally took my breath away (and her encore brought an upwelling of tears from god knows where). We are so unbelievably lucky to have had her perform in our little burg. Quite honestly, it was a perfect event. I want to congratulate you Mary for recognizing her amazing talent and bringing her here. Tien is on a scale of performers we have NOT seen in Salmon before. Ilona – thanks for adding your signature touch of class and elegance to the event. It was so gratifying to look around a full house and see many new faces enjoying a world-class performance presented by SAC
- Post concert audience email,
Salmon Arts Council
Tien played to our rural community with a vigor and passion that is hard to define. Her devotion to the piano and stories of the music she plays is a manifest of love. Such an artist yet she is incredibly kind, humble and shared a humor that is quite contagious. Tien has been one of the most professional artists I have had the good fortune of working with. Her preparedness and down to earth attitude is refreshing. We look forward to her return to Salmon.
- Mary Hogue-Cerise, Director,
Salmon Arts Council
I highly recommend Tien Hsieh as not only a highly gifted and professional performer, but also as a thoughtful, dedicated, and reliable person who can juggle both artistic and business necessities of her work. Everyone who came to hear her, from professor of music to classical music enthusiasts in the community, were very taken by Tien’s supreme artistry and unforgettable presence onstage. They were mesmerized, as I was too.
- Lara Starcevich, Programming Director,
Gunnison Arts Center
Tien Hsieh is a vibrant, exceptionally talented young pianist who deserves many opportunities to perform. As director and owner of Sutter Creek Theatre, it has been our great pleasure to present Tien Hsieh. Her professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm are apparent in her presentation, both on and off stage. She is serious yet personable at the same time. We are looking forward to having her back as she has become a favorite in Sutter Creek.
- Laura Damiani,
Sutter Creek Theatre