Dr. Jonathan Tsay
Professor of Piano
University of Memphis
Soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, producer, and arts administrator Jonathan Tsay maintains an artistic career as diverse as his interests. A 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 engagements include performances for The Cliburn, Blanco Performing Arts, Longview Symphony, the Mahogany Chamber Series at Crosstown Arts, and Fine Arts Chamber Players.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Piano at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at The University of Memphis, Jonathan Tsay served numerous roles in the music community including Head of Collaborative Piano at Conservatory Music in the Mountains, Head of Piano at the Chloé Trevor Music Academy, Presenter and Artist for Cliburn in the Classroom (which serves over 50k under-served 2nd-4th graders in the DFW area per year) and Artistic Director of Ensemble75, a chamber music series based in the North Texas area. As an orchestral pianist, Jonathan served as Principal Keyboard for the Las Colinas Symphony and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.
A sought after collaborator, Jonathan has also performed alongside some of the world’s premier musicians, including Chee-Yun, David Cooper (Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony), Jing Wang (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Philharmonic), dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc, the Cézanne Quartet, and Nathan Olson (Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra). As a solo recitalist, Jonathan has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. Jonathan earned a Bachelor's of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Leone at Southern Methodist University and obtained his doctorate at l'Université de Montréal with Marc Durand.
Jonathan's performances have been broadcast on WRR Classical, the CBC, KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth, KMFA Classical, and are featured in the companion CD to "Brahms - A Listener's Guide: Unlocking the Masters Series." Jonathan's album, "Harmonic Allusions," was named in the "Top 5 Albums of 2017" by TheaterJones, and his YouTube collaboration with Chloé Trevor performing "Danse Macabre" has garnered over 1.4 million views.