Dr. Alber Chien

Dr. Alber Chien is an award-winning pianist from California. His performances as a soloist, collaborator, and chamber musician have taken him to venues across the United States including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and to Taiwan and Germany. His many competition prizes include 2nd prize in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition with the Best Performance of Hungarian Rhapsody Award.

Chien earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. His teachers include esteemed artists such as Daniel Pollack, Shigeo Neriki, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Daniel Epstein. Over the years, he performed in the masterclasses of Oxana Yablonskaya, Gustavo Romero, and Llyr Williams. He was also nominated to attend the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. 

As a collaborative pianist, he played for masterclasses of great performers such as Shmuel Ashkenazi, Midori, and Vadim Gluzman. For many years, he served as studio accompanist for esteemed university professors of all instruments and voice. Previously, he held staff pianist positions at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy and Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division and teaching positions at Indiana University and Rutgers University. On top of his activities as a collaborative pianist, he frequently worked with composers in premiering new compositions and was a member of Atlantic Music Festival’s Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2019.

Office: BPAC 114 * Phone: (254) 299-8285 * Email: achien@mclennan.edu