Dr. Tiantian Liang
Tiantian Liang was born into a musical family in Chengdu, China, and displayed a palpable connection to the piano as a child. After beginning piano lessons at the age of five, Liang continued studying at the Preparatory School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music before coming to the United States. Liang earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Concordia College, and during college, Liang fell in love with the organ and chose organ performance as her minor. Liang completed a performer diploma at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She received a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Rice University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with cognates in piano pedagogy and harpsichord performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has worked with teachers such as Edmund Battersby, Michael Chertock, Brian Connelly, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Jay Hershberger, Vicki King, and Richard Ratliff. She served as a graduate assistant under the direction of pedagogue Dr. Michelle Conda in the secondary piano department at CCM and has played in masterclasses for eminent artists, including Barry Douglas, John Perry, and Ann Schein.
Liang’s versatility as a keyboardist encompasses diverse collaborative work at the collegiate level, community ensembles, and church. She maintains a multifaceted career as a pianist, organist, harpsichordist, and teacher. Her mission is to share her love for music through performing and teaching. A versatile keyboardist, Liang performs a diverse selection of repertoire spanning from the late renaissance through modern-day works. Performing an average of 20 concerts per year, her collaborative experience includes instrumental, chamber, symphonic, vocal, and choral programs.
Liang’s current research interests cover both performance and pedagogy, including the subject of death in Beethoven’s piano sonatas, the process of memorizing music, and the piano works of Chinese composers. Her future repertoire projects will explore the compositions of women and minorities. Liang is also a performer of rare chamber music; her current project is performing the three organ and piano duets of Marcel Dupré.
Liang was a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award.
Liang’s international piano solo performances include the US and Europe. She was invited to perform at the Chamber Lakes Music Festival in Penn Yan, New York, for several consecutive summers to perform the major chamber works of Johannes Brahms and Arthur Foote. Adding to her collaborative experience is a wide range of work as a liturgical musician. Since then, she has served as organist at numerous churches throughout the Midwest and Texas areas. In 2013, Liang received her Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. Additionally, Liang was a featured performer in the Gala Concert of the Dublin International Piano Festival in 2016. As an active member of MTNA, Liang has participated in numerous piano pedagogy conferences presenting a poster on “Yvonne Loriod’s Influence on the Piano Works of Olivier Messiaen” at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Symposium at Ball State University, the Ohio Music Teachers Association Southwest conference, and 2020 MTNA National Visual Conference and recently, performed at the Borromeo Festival in Switzerland.