Elisabeth Tsai, Rising Star


Eighteen year old pianist Elisabeth Tsai began her musical studies with the cello at the age of four. She switched to the piano at age seven, and is currently under the tutelage of Professor Alexander Kobrin. Elisabeth’s past teachers include Ronald Shinn and Alina Voicu.

Over the years, Elisabeth has been awarded with prizes at numerous competitions. Most recently, she was named one of five winners in the 2015-2016 Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition. In 2015, she was awarded third prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and in 2014, she was the first prize winner as well as the recipient of the Best Solo Award at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. Additionally, she received First prize and Chopin prize in the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) 2013-2014 Junior Piano competition. Other awards include first prizes in the 2014 New York International Artists Competition, the 2014 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Concerto Competition, and the 2012 and 2015 Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition.

Elisabeth has soloed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as on NPR’s national radio broadcast From The Top. In addition, she has been a participant at the Southeastern Piano Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival, and has taken lessons and masterclasses with Victor Rosenbaum, Boris Slutsky and Julian Martin.

Elisabeth is currently a sophomore at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where she is the recipient of a full scholarship award. She enjoys chamber music with her siblings and frequently performs with them in retirement homes around the Columbus, GA area.




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Sonata in B-flat major, K. 570

Henry Cowell:

Tides of Manaunaun

Jay Derderian:

In the Tides I Break

Claude Debussy:

L'isle joyeuse, L. 106

Frederic Chopin:

Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49