Soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, producer, and arts administrator Jonathan Tsay maintains an artistic career as diverse as his interests. A recent multi-city tour of Taiwan included solo recital stops at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Kaohsiung Music Hall, and the Pingtung Arts Center. Other recent solo engagements include performances for the Cliburn, Music at Southminster in Ottawa, Blanco Performing Arts, and Fine Arts Chamber Players.
A sought after collaborator, Dr. Tsay has also performed alongside some of the world’s premier musicians, including violinist Chee-Yun, David Cooper (Principal Horn, Berlin Philharmonic), Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic), dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc, violinist Chloé Trevor (“musical ambassador to Generation Z”), the Cézanne Quartet, and Nathan Olson (Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra). Dr. Tsay performs regularly as Principal Keyboardist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Las Colinas Symphony, and serves as Artistic Director of Ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Tsay’s recordings can be found in Brahms – A Listener’s Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series, as well as on Chloé Trevor’s debut album Immortal and Danse Macabre. A solo CD featuring the works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide in 2009, and and his collaborative album Harmonic Allusions was named one of the “Top 5” albums of 2017 by TheaterJones.
Increasingly popular as a masterclass teacher, Dr. Tsay has given masterclasses throughout Taiwan and Texas. He has served on the screening jury for the Dallas International Piano Competition as well as adjudicator for numerous competitions including the Texas Music Teacher’s Association Solo Competition and Austin Youth Music Ambassadors.
Dr. Tsay started his piano studies with Carolyn Savko at the age of 5. Under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Leone, he earned a Bachelor of Music with Honors at the SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Dr. Tsay entered l’Université de Montréal as a Masters of Music student of Marc Durand, and received his doctorate through an accelerated program. His musical background also includes composition studies with Simon Sargon and David Karp, and conducting with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips.