Tristan Teo

Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano & Lecturer in Music

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Contact & Office Hours

Sage Hall 202

413-585-3156

Education

M.M., B.M., The Juilliard School

Biography

Named one of Canada’s “hot classical musicians under 30” by CBC Music, 24-year-old Tristan Teo began playing the piano when he was 3. Since his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age 11, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Gulf Coast Symphony, among others. As a performer with a passion for teaching, he has strongly advocated for bringing music education from the studio to the concert hall, impressing audiences with the honesty and sincerity of his performances as well as his ease with speaking from the stage.

Teo is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellows Program at The Juilliard School, where he also received his bachelor’s and master of music degrees. Under the guidance of Steven Laitz, he is completing his doctoral dissertation on the Ukrainian jazz composer Nikolai Kapustin, whose music he was introduced to at a young age and has since championed. He has been awarded numerous accolades at many international piano competitions, including the 2016 Hilton Head and 2017 Van Cliburn.

Teo has given solo concerts in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Lithuania, in venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris; McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California; and Alice Tully Hall in New York. He has also been a featured artist on radio stations, such as CBC Radio Canada and WQXR New York, where he performed to a sold-out audience at The Greene Space. In the spring of 2017, he gave a solo recital and a master class for the Young Pianists Series in Knoxville, Tennessee. Recent engagements have included solo recitals at the Aurora Cultural Center in Toronto, Canada, The Harvard Club in New York, and the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, he recorded a virtual solo concert for the Vancouver Recital Society at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Since 2016, Teo has held teaching positions in Juilliard’s college division in both music theory and keyboard skills. From 2015 to 2018, he was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, and in 2019, was appointed adjunct faculty to the music theory department at Juilliard, the youngest ever to be awarded such a position. In 2018 and 2019, he was invited to be an artist in residence at pianoSonoma, a summer music festival where he coached pianists and other instrumentalists in guided rehearsals as well as performed with them in master classes and community concerts. His principal teachers have included Sasha Starcevich, Jerome Lowenthal, and Yoheved Kaplinsky.