Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All
Pre-school, K-12th grades, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, University Level, Graduate School Level, More than 15 years of Teaching experience in Asia and America, Master Classes
Piano, Music Theory
Doctor of Musical Arts, DMA, MM, Master of Music, Piano, Peabody Conservatory, Doctorate
At All Levels, At International Level, At National Level, At Professional Level
Classical Music, Popular Music in Piano, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Piano
About Dr. Pei-Hsin Kao
Dr. Pei-Hsin Kao is an educator and a pianist, who loves sharing the beauty of piano performance. She holds the highest degree in the music field, Doctorate in Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Piano, from Peabody Conservatory, the music institute of The Johns Hopkins University. During her time at Peabody, Dr. Kao received the Dean's Grant Scholarship, the Frances M. Wentz Tuner Prize (2009), and the Pauline Favin Memorial Prize (2010). In 2013, she was awarded a position as a piano faculty member with a unanimous vote by the faculty board at Wuhan Music Conservatory in China. Dr. Kao ultimately declined this opportunity to stay in the US, and served as a piano teacher at the Gilman School (2013-2017), an exclusive K-12 preparatory school for boys in Baltimore, MD. Meantime, she contributed her knowledge and skill serving as music director at Severn and Delmont United Methodist Churches (2012-2017) in suburban Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In addition, she occasionally serves as a lecturer at the Summer Music Lecture Series of the Cultural Center in Penghu, Taiwan as well as consistently serves on the Masterclass faculty at Music-Talented Program at Magong Junior High School. With thirty years of experience on piano, she still practices to improve her piano performance and deepens her understanding in musical arts.
Dr. Kao has performed and won numerous awards in different settings in various countries as both a solo and collaborative pianist. As a solo artist, Dr. Kao has performed and participated in concerts, music festivals, and competitions in Germany, Russia, Poland, and the United States. She has been recognized as an intriguing persona among intellectual artists and was one of the featured artists of the Taiwan Classical Music Society (2010). Dr. Kao was also the first prize winner of the Regional, and the fifth prize winner of the National Piano Competition of Taiwan.
Active as a collaborative artist as well, Dr. Kao welcomes all kinds of musical genres and styles. She plays piano and chamber duos, piano trios, and quintets at the international level. She has collaborated with violinists, violists, and Chinese flutists to win first prizes at the Regional and National Competitions in Taiwan. While working towards a Master of Music in Piano Performance, Dr. Kao was employed by The Peabody Conservatory of Music as a school accompanist for German and Russian diction classes. She performs not only classical idioms, but also popular contemporary music styles such as jazz, gospel, funk, and rock with a choir and praise team.
Dr. Kao’s repertoire varies from the Baroque period to Russian Romanticism, and even contemporary music. Her published D.M.A. thesis focuses on eighteenth-century German fantasies. Dr. Kao’s intention is to fuse her life experience into performance by combining the essence of humanity, the influences from different nations, and the understanding of the artistic spirit.