Bella (Chiaying) Tang

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Born in Taiwan in October 1994, Chiaying Tang is undertaking her Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under supervision of Professor Emeritus Christopher Elton. As the Royal Academy of Music scholar, Chiaying is awarded Full Entrance Scholarship (2013-2017) and generously supported by Craxton Memorial award (2017), Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award (2017) and Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award (2018).

At the age of 6, she began her piano and cello studies in music conservatoire in Taipei, then moved to London alone at the age of 13, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, where she received a Scholarship by the UK Government ,under Professor Marcel Baudet.

Chiaying has graduated from her Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honors, where she is the recipient of the Thomas Jennings Exhibition award, Marjorie Gould Award, Miriam Duncan Scholarship award and Alice Payne Scholarship and Beethoven Piano Concerto prize (2018).

Chiaying has performed in concert halls such as Taipei National Concert Hall, making her solo recital debut in the age of 15 and at the Wigmore Hall, Bejing Forbidden City Concert Hall (China), Holland Philarmonie and BBC radio 3.

Most recent recital debut include Steinwey Hall (London) , Clothworkers Centenary Hall Leeds)- invited by Leeds international Piano Competition to promote the competition to younger players and Kawai Piano 50th anniversary concert (Taiwan) where Chiaying is invited by the president of Tong Ho as the pianist to perform for government officials and prestigious guests from across Taiwan and Japan, including Mr. Kawai.

Chiaying's early musical achievements included the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Achievement Award(2002, Taiwan), Baroque Music Competition (1st Prize, 2003) , Vienna Music Competition (1st Prize, 2003 ), 29th Kawai Piano Competition (1st Prize, 2005), 34th KHS Music center scholarship award (2006), 96th Taipei Music Competition (1st Prize, 2007), International Piano Competition Marco Fortini (1st Prize, Italy, 2008).

She regularly takes part in masterclasses and collaborates with such renowned artists as Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Roge, Dimitri Alexeev, Robert Levin, Richard Goode, Yevgeny Sudbin and Steven Osborne.