Pianist Tiantian Liang brings passion and joy to the piano. Born into a musical family in China, Tiantian displayed a strong connection to music and the piano. She began piano at the age of five, and continued her studies with Daxin Zheng at the Preparatory School of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China.
Tiantian received her Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota studying piano with Jay Hershberger. In 2005, Tiantian was one of a select group of pianists admitted into the Master of Music program at Rice University, and was awarded a full scholarship to study with Brian Connelly. While at Rice, she supplemented her studies with chamber music performances and participated masterclasses with world-renowned artists such as Andre LaPlante and John Perry. Tiantian has received several awards through competitions, including the 2002 Minnesota National Teachers Association Competition, where she was the state winner. In addition, she earned the 2004 Dorothy Sewell Hector Scholarship in piano.
Tiantian's experience as a concert pianist includes performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Concordia College Orchestra on the annual Senior Honors Concert. As principal keyboardist with the Concordia College Orchestra, she performed at the Lincoln Center in February 2003 as a part of a special concert in remembrance of 9/11.
As a piano teacher for over 10 years, Tiantian has been able to share her experience as a pianist with others. She has served on the staff at Rice University teaching piano lessons for non-music major students in the Shepherd School of Music program. In addition, she taught piano classes at Oran M. Roberts Elementary School, a magnet school for the fine arts in Houston, the All About Music and Arts School, and the International Music Academy.
Tiantian's teaching reflects her desire to communicate her passion and zeal for music with others. She understands that it is important for students to have a well-rounded music education. In addition to obtaining the necessary skills in piano technique and musicianship, students learn music history and music theory to enrich their overall understanding and appreciation for music. Currently, Tiantian continues to perform and teach throughout the Indianapolis area.