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Vivian Shiao


Vivian Shiao, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, discovered her deep passion for the piano at the remarkable age of three, igniting a lifelong journey of musical dedication. Recognized as a prodigy in her field, she swiftly garnered international recognition as a pianist, establishing close ties with the esteemed institution, Steinway & Sons. At the young age of 13, Vivian began sharing her musical expertise by offering private piano lessons to aspiring young musicians. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas, where she received a full scholarship to pursue a B.A. in Piano Performance. Continuing her musical pursuits, she expanded her knowledge at the Musician's Institute and attained her M.A. in Music Education from USC, supported by several prestigious scholarships. Vivian also enriched her education as a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and she holds a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard University.


With more than two decades of teaching experience, Vivian Shiao has catered to students spanning the entire spectrum of piano education, from novices to advanced practitioners. She has achieved remarkable success in mentoring students within various esteemed universities and music conservatories, sharing her deep knowledge and unwavering passion for music. In addition to her teaching commitments, Vivian frequently embarks on international journeys to lead Masterclasses and educational workshops, generously bestowing her expertise upon budding musicians and music enthusiasts.


Recognizing the paramount importance of genuine enjoyment in piano education, Vivian Shiao draws from her personal journey as a concert pianist and educator that began in her formative years. Guiding and advising students and their parents constitutes the pinnacle of her musical career, as she ardently strives to instill a profound love for music and the piano in her pupils.


Vivian is an active contributor to the music community and occupies influential and esteemed roles. Currently, she holds the position of the voice division chair and serves on the board of directors for the Musical Arts Center of Orange County (MACOC). She is also an engaged member of several professional organizations, including the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). In 2015-2016, Vivian Shiao received the honor of being inducted into the NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) Woman of the Year Circle. Her appointment as a Steinway Educational Partner in 2018 marked another milestone in her career, and she took on the role of CAPMT Pasadena Chapter Chair for Piano and Vocal Ensemble Festival. In 2019, she was bestowed with the title of honorary music educator by Steinway & Sons, and in 2022, she earned the distinguished Steinway Top Teacher Award, further illuminating her exceptional contributions to the field of music education. In 2023, Ms. Vivian Shiao was honored with the CAPMT Outstanding Member State Recognition Award.

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