She displayed not only the usual technical command one expects, but beautiful tone, total artistic involvement, deep feeling, stylistic understanding, and in an era of cookie-cutter musicians, the feeling of spontaneity, even risk, that makes an evening truly memorable, often electrifying.
— Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review
“Magnificent,” wrote the New York Concert Review about Taiwanese pianist Tzu-yi Chen’s 2014 solo debut at Carnegie Hall, praising her “displayed not only the usual technical command one expects, but beautiful tone, total artistic involvement, deep feeling, stylistic understanding, and…feeling of spontaneity.” In 2019, the Review praised her 2019 piano-duo recital with Lan-
in Winnie Yang as “delightful.”
In 2022 Tzu-yi performed as part of two pianos and percussion in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in New York City, the Poulenc concerto and all-Liszt recitals at national venues in Taiwan, invited lectures for her research topics on Franz Liszt: his departure, musical language and reborn identity. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, she performs locally and nationally and is on faculty at the Levine School of Music. The 2018 CD of the New York-based New Asia Chamber Music Society, “Unforgettable Memories,” features Tzu-yi in the setting of piano quartet. Her 2020 collaboration with New Asia broadcasted by the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery included works by Taiwanese composers Shi-hui Chen, Ke-chia Chen, Beethoven, and folk-song arrangements.
Tzu-yi holds degrees from the Paris Conservatory, the National Karlsruhe Music University in Germany, and Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where she co-founded the
International Friendship Ministries’ Arts Academy to teach children and youth. In Summer 2023, she received her DMA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation focused on revisiting the departures of Franz Liszt and explores his spiritual reconciliation in selected piano works.