Heidi Tsai, equally expressive on the harpsichord, fortepiano and piano, performs regularly on all three keyboard instruments. Her versatile musicality brings life to different genres of repertoire from 17th to 21st centuries. Ms.Tsai's latest solo recording (released in October 2018) of early German fortepiano music is inviting raving reviews from both Germany as well as Japan ("Ms. Tsai possesses a gift of a musical intelligence that keenly balances good taste, beauty and perspective" - from the Record Geijutsu disc Review, by Jiro Hamada), And from the German magazine Piano News: "Heidi Tsai delivers an unbelievably exciting interpretation and makes a fantastic statement for almost unheard of repertoire, it shows that she is a brilliant master of the Hammerflügel". This recording is masterfully produced by the b-sharp recording studio based in Berlin.
Heidi holds a Doctorate in Music in Historical Keyboards from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to having taught more than 30 years in higher musical institutions in Europe and the US, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University, which she regularly incorporates in her pedagogic approach. She has taught both piano and harpsichord at Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Arizona State University and Indiana University. Between 2002-2019, Heidi Tsai was on the faculty in the early music department at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, and taught the harpsichord professor and led an early music ensemble at the Conservatoire in Pau, France.
Ms. Tsai's most recent project involved two performances of the complete sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord by J.S.Bach, with Swiss violinist, Gilles Colliard. Ms. Tsai has been invited to play in major concert series and music festivals throughout the United States, Central America, Asia and Europe. In an orchestral setting, she has collaborated with Christian Zacharias, Giovanni Antonini, Leonard Slatkin, and Robert King, Stanley Ritchie, and Nigel North. Heidi Tsai holds a doctoral degree in historical keyboards from the Jacob School of Music, in Bloomington, Indiana. Heidi Tsai has co-founded and directed the early music group Barcelona Barroc. Their recording, Chiaoscuro, features the two concerti for the harpsichord, violin and the flute, by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Heidi's live performance of the Goldberg Variations in Spain received enthusiastic and warm feedback from the audiences, and was recorded and broadcasted by Catalunya Música radio station. She has also been invited and performed on the television program 'El Temps del Picó' (Barcelona).
Her public performances have invited raving reviews (of her Mozart concerto): "Heidi Tsai gave the fortepiano luscious beauty of tone. Her fingering was admirable, close to perfection. Her keen sense of musicality catches surprising twists of the phrases. Ms. Tsai "sang" the Mozartian Aria from the second movement charmingly." "As a soloist, she is magnetically engaging to the point of sitting on the edge of one’s seat!" (Nigel North, concert lutenist). “Fantastic, exciting, imaginative and very distinguished playing.” (Conductor, Robert King, of King’s Consort).