Chia-Ying receives coaching from German piano pedagogue Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Salzburg after moving to Austria in 2008 from the US, where on merit she accepted a generous scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. She has participated in several master classes such as Yamaha Artist Center in Taipei, and the Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, and performances followed in many German cities as well as elsewhere in Europe. Chia-Ying completed her Master degree in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music of the University of London in 2013, studying with British pianist Joanna MacGregor. Since 2015 she has been appointed as the Royal Academy of Music's Taiwan representative, responsible for holding entrance auditions in Asia. She’s currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Education at Seoul National University in South Korea.
As a writer on music she is also a contributor to the internet classical music magazine “Music and Vision”, and she represented the magazine at the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Awards Ceremony at King's Place.
Born in Taiwan, Chia-Ying gave her first public recital at Kaohsiung Music Hall at the age of 18. Besides a scholarship from the Yamaha Music Foundation, she has won many prizes in Taiwan including the National Music Contest.
A student of Prof. Daming Zhu (諸大明) since 2005, she has performed throughout Taiwan and also abroad. Successes at the Puigcerda Music Festival in 2006 gave her concert opportunities in Spain and France. Great comments from legendary Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya gained her engagements in both Yamaha Salon and Steinway Hall in New York.
More recently, Chia-Ying’s activities include performances at Kagoshima Chuo Center in Japan, Chetham’s Baronial Hall in Manchester, The Forge, Regent Hall, Steinway Hall in London, and the House of Commons. She received Rising Star Awards for Taiwan Classical Music Society and Taipei Bach Hall, as well as the Soloist Award for 2014 Soloist.eu competition in Vienna. And she has appeared with the Symphony Orchestra of Kiev, led by one of Ukraine's Honored Artists. Also, the music of her presenting Gershwin at 2016 Dartington Summer Festival was shared by Classic FM, the largest national commercial radio station in the UK.
In 2012, she played in a recording project for the Stein reduction of Mahler’s 4th Symphony led by Trevor Pinnock which released by Linn Records, and for staged rehearsals of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Bath International Music Festival. In 2013, she was involved in concerts as a soloist with Ensemble 111 which was composed of Academy students and graduates, led by Thibault Back. She is also developing a creative project involving Mussorgsky’s music, working with the artist Rosa Sepple.
After graduation, she was invited to record a classical crossover album released by ArchiMusic Production Company Limited. She was also invited to join a concert which celebrates the success of prominent Taiwan alumni of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. Besides, she was asked by Hello UK!, currently the largest UK education site in Taiwan, to give a speech about her time studying abroad.
In addition to her performing career, Chia-Ying is very passionate about her teaching and enjoys working with people and helping them discover and refine their talents. She has been invited to give piano masterclasses in schools in Taiwan. She's on the Piano Faculty of Taiwan's Artistic Gifted and Talented Program at schools, and she's a Choral Director at the Sinyi Elementary School.