recipient of the 1998 Juilliard William Petschek Recital Awards,
Albert Tiu was presented in
a solo recital in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York. In
1996, he won first prize in the UNISA Transnet International Piano
Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, where he was also awarded
special prizes for his performances of the Mozart Concerto K595
and the Rachmaninov Second Concerto. Mr. Tiu is also a laureate
of competitions in Santander (Spain), Calgary, Alabama, Seoul and
St. Charles (Illinois). As a result of winning second prize in the
Esther Honens Calgary International Competition, Mr. Tiu benefits
from their Artistic and Career Development Programme. In May 1996,
he also won the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, including
the Chopin Prize, which resulted in a live radio broadcast on WQXR
Mr. Tiu has performed
in recitals and as soloist with orchestras throughout the United
States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Australia, South
Africa, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines,
and Costa Rica. Highlights of his recent performances in 1999 include
a concert tour of Saouth Africa, performing the Prokofiev Piano
Concerto No. 1 with the Cape Town Philharmonic and the National
Arts Philharmonic in Pretoria, the Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody
with the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban and the Chopin Piano
Concerto No. 2 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Johannesburg.
He also performed in numerous solo recitals throughout the country.
In 1998, he appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic during
the final night of the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg,
Russia, and with the Philippine Philharmonic. Additionally, Mr.
Tiu played some concerts with the Ysay Quartet and the Northern
Sinfonia (England) during the Santander International Festival.
In 1997, Mr. Tiu went on a concert tour of Germany, appeared at
the New York Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series, and was a
guest artist at the Festival of the Sound, in Parry Sound, Ontario.
In past seasons, Mr.
Tiu has appeared with the Transvaal Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic,
Louisiana Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Illinois Chamber Symphony,
New Juilliard Ensemble, Singapore Symphony, Penang Symphony, Philippine
Philharmonic, Manila Chamber Symphony, and the Juilliard Symphony
Orchestras. He has worked with conductors such as Bernhard Gueller,
Nicolae Moldoveanu, Jean=Bernard Pommier, Gerard Korsten, Mario
Bernardi, William Eddins and Otto-Werner Muller, among others. As
an active chamber musician, Mr. Tiu has collaborated with the St.
Lawrence String Quartet, clarinetist Charles Neidich and tenor Robert
Born in the Philippines, Albert Tiu received his Master of Music
degree from the Juilliard School in 1996, where he was a scholarship
student of Jerome Lowenthal. Previously, he studied at the Boston
Conservatory, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the University
of the Philippines. He past teachers include Michael Lewin and John
Mr. Tiu currently resides in New York City, and in his spare time
enjoys assembling gigantic jigsaw puzzles and reading.