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Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Yu-Chi Tai has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a solo recitalist, chamber pianist and collaborative musician. She made her first orchestral debut with the Tainan City Youth Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 in1994. Since then, she has won numerous international competitions and appeared in many concerts. In 2001, she won the Bronze Medal of the piano competition held in memory of Evgeny V. Malinin at the IBACH Piano Academy in Germany; in 2007, she was the winner of the 2007 UIUC School of Music Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on WFMT in Illinois.
In summer 2007, Dr. Tai was invited to the Prague International Piano Master Class and was selected to perform at the Villa Bertramaka, where Mozart wrote his opera Don Giovanni. She was the winner of the 2008 Krannert Debut Artist Award and was invited to play a Debut Recital at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In May 2008, she won the First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York and had a Debut Recital in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She was also selected to perform Pulitzer- Prize-Winner David Lang's two pianos in the concert of Bang on a Can Marathon. In 2010, she was the First Prize winner of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition, performing the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2. This year, Dr. Tai is the winner of the 2011 Artist Presentation Society Competition and is invited to perform a solo recital in St. Louis.
As a dedicated chamber musician, Dr. Tai has recently presented collaborative recitals with the Symmetrio Piano Trio at chamber series in Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, Missouri, as well as in Taiwan. Dr. Tai was invited by Taiwan's Council for Cultural Affairs to perform piano trio concert tours in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. Symmetrio was also invited to a Fall Music Creative Residency at the Banff Center in Canada in October 2010 and a concert tour in Taiwan in 2011. In April 2011, she was invited to play the Brahms Piano Quartet in the DoCha Chamber Music Festival in Champaign, Illinois, with concert violinist Stefan Milenkovi?st, Masumi Rostad, violist of Pacifica Quartet, and Dmitry Kouzov, the cellist of the Manhattan Piano trio. Other 2011-2012 collaborations are with Sibbi Bernhardsson, violinist of the Pacifica String Quartet (Quartet-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance), two-piano concert tours with Timothy Ehlen, Steinway artist and piano professor at the University of Illinois, and a concerto with Valley Symphony Orchestra in Texas. In November 2012, the Steinway Concert and Artist Division in New York invited the Ehlen-Tai Piano Duo to become a Steinway Artist Ensemble.
Dr. Yu-Chi Tai is current a Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Texas-Pan American. She was the only pianist earning both Artist Diploma and DMA degrees in Piano performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) since 1867, where she studied with Prof. Ian Hobson and served as his teaching assistant. Dr. Tai's prior piano training was with Arnaldo Cohen and Evelyne Brancart at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she received the Master of Music degree and Performance Diploma with honors. Dr. Tai has participated in numerous master classes and worked with many internationally renowned artists, including Murray Perahia, Anton Kuerti, Claude Frank, Evgeny V. Malinin, Roger Vignoles, Zenon Fishbein, Volker Banfield, Maria Gambarian, Irina Voro, Boaz Sharon, Henk Guittart, Sarah Rothenberg, Klara Benjamin Belkin, and the Guarneri Quartet.