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Pei-yeh Tsai

Pei-yeh Tsai


Pianist Pei-yeh Tsai is originally from Taiwan. She is currently the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Bedford Symphony, and Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She has a doctoral degree from Boston University. Dr. Tsai studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University with Boris Slutsky; subsequently, she received a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. Dr.Tsai’s recent engagements include a premiere of Ketty Nez’s Piano concerto Thresholds with David Martins conducting the Boston University Wind Ensemble; concerts with the Atlantic Symphony Chamber Players; and performances with the Boston University Orchestra of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Paul Bowles’ concerto for two pianos and winds. Last year, Dr. Tsai was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 in a program called ‘Soul Music,’ where she talked about the important role Rachmaninoff plays in her life and music.

Dr. Tsai has received first prize in the Aaron Richmond International Piano Competition, New England Chamber Music Ensemble Competition with the Clara Piano Quartet, Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, fourth prize in the Iowa International Piano Competition, and The Viardo Prize at The Viardo International Piano Competition. Dr. Tsai is also the recipient of numerous awards including two Piano Departmental Awards given by Boston University, the Marie Miller Award from the Women’s Guild in Boston, the Sergio Fiorentino Memorial Award, the Rose Marie Milholland Award, and a Career Development Grant from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. 

Resident Artist Week Schedule (RAW)

Symphony Guild Musical Monday: Music of the Baroque
Monday, November 14
First Federated Church (3601 N. Sheridan Rd, Peoria, IL 61604)
9:30 am refreshments | 10:00 am program

Enjoy the sounds of the Baroque era with the PSO principal keyboard, Pei-yeh Tsai, on harpsichord along with Maestro George Stelluto on violin.

Free for Symphony Guild Members • $5 for non-members.

Lunch and Learn with Pei-yeh Tsai
Wednesday, November 16
Peoria Symphony Orchestra (101 State St, Peoria, IL 61602)
11:30 am lunch | Noon program

You are invited to meet Pei-yeh Tsai, PSO Principal Keyboard, at the PSO office for this month’s Lunch and Learn event. Join us for a Q&A moderated by Maestro George Stelluto and a performance by Pei-yeh, piano. Bring your lunch and the PSO will provide dessert and beverages. Reservations are appreciated but not required, RSVP to

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