I-Lin Tsai is a Taiwanese pianist who has been giving at least one solo recital every year both in Taiwan and America since 2012. She has also been invited to perform for some volunteer events in orphanages. She thinks the most direct way to share music with people is performing in front of them. She sets the theme for every recital and picks up musical pieces in different academic levels for her audiences.
I-Lin Tsai was born in Tainan, Taiwan. Since the third grade she grew up participating in music-talented educational programs. I-Lin Tsai has a lot of great experience playing and hosting piano and/or joint recitals and playing chamber music performances with piano trios and piano quintets. She was a violin minor student before attending college, so she also has experience performing with orchestras and string orchestras. She also enjoys instrumental and vocal accompanying after collaborating with many musical partners. Besides performing, I-Lin also enjoys painting and design. Creating books of piano works with both her drawings and recordings is one of her life goals. She is now working on her second project, “Schumann’s Carnaval No.9”.
I-Lin has attended several music festivals such as the NOPI (New Orleans Piano Institute), NTSO Piano Summer Music Festival, and the Europe Music Festival. She has also attended many masterclasses given by Jacob Leuscher, Yoshiaki Shibata, Albert Lotto, Natalia Troull, Yury Ayrapetyan, Ning An, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Peter Mack. On many occasions I-Lin was chosen to represent in various competitions and has won several awards. In 2015, she won third prize in the New Orleans Piano Institute Solo Competition (Division II) and was one of the finalists in the Senior Concerto Competition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
After studying in a teaching program of piano pedagogy at Oberlin Conservatory of Music for a year, I-Lin has gained a great passion and experience in teaching piano. She is now an adjunct instructor in piano studies at New York University. I-Lin Tsai is studying at the New York University Steinhardt School with a dual degree program (Master of Music and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy), majoring in piano performance with Prof. Eteri Andjaparidze. She graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory and earned her Bachelors of Music degree in piano performance. She was a recipient of the Conservatory Dean Scholarship and studied with Prof. Peter Takács