Taiwanese pianist Tzu-Hwa Ho began playing piano at the age of four. At fourteen, she made her concerto debut in the City Hall of Salerno, Italy, and at sixteen, she gave her first solo recital in Taipei. During the junior year in college, she moved from Taiwan to the United States as one of only two exchange students selected to the United States from the National Taiwan Normal University. She studied piano with, chronologically, Alexander Sung, Alla Voskoboynikova, Alan Chow, and Jack Winerock; collboartive piano with Elizabeth Buccheri and Alan Darling. She has performed in international festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals (France), Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau (France), the Dartington International Summer Music School (England), and the International Piano Seminar in Obidos (Portugal). At these festivals, she had the opportunity to study with highly sought after piano pedagogues and concert pianists such as Philippe Bianconi, Jay Gottlieb, Philippe Entremont, Boris Berman, and Luiz de Moura Castro.
As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Ho works extensively with vocalists in art songs and operatic repertoire. During summers of 2013 and 2014, Ms. Ho was selected by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel to participate as staff collaborative pianist at the Castleton Festival in Virginia, where she also performed in the orchestra under maestro’s baton. Around the same period, she served as musical director of Des Moines Metro Opera Educational Touring Troupe “OPERA Iowa”. Ms. Ho has vast experiences as a collaborative pianist. She has performed numerous vocal and instrumental recitals on national and international levels. She performed in master classes of artists such as Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Russell Miller, and Roger Vignoles.
Ms. Ho currently resides in Philadelphia, where she is a faculty member for Settlement Music School. She regularly accompanies in the voice studios of Eduardo Chama, co-director of Opera Institute at Rutgers University, and Julia Faulkner of Curtis Institute of Music. She is also a staff accompanist for Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and for Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir in Philadelphia.
Ms. Ho was a recipient of Presser Foundation Scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Music from University of Missouri in St. Louis, Master of Music from Northwestern University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Kansas.
What I Do
Vocal and Instrumental accompanist
Rehearsal pianist for opera and musical theater
Private piano lessons (in the Philadelphia area only)
Piano Faculty member of the Settlement Music School
Staff Accompanist at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts