Lauded by Die Spiegel for his performances at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in which he played with “radiant virtuosity and artistic sensitivity”, pianist Sean Tang-Wang has earned critical acclaim as a recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. At 22 years of age, Sean has already amassed an impressive array of musical accomplishments, having won over 60 local, national, and international awards. In the last seven years, Sean has been a prizewinner at various international piano competitions, some of which include Virginia Waring, Seattle International, San Jose International, Benno Rubinyi, Bradshaw & Buono, and Gina Bachauer.
Upon winning first prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2014, Sean was given the opportunity to perform in various concert venues throughout Europe following that year. That same year, Sean released his second CD in which he played a program consisting of Bach, Liszt, Chopin, and Scriabin. In solo recitals and with international orchestras, Sean has appeared in some of the most prestigious halls, including the Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, Sala dei Notari and Teotro Pavone in Perugia, and most recently, at the Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea in which he performed a solo recital in the summer of 2020. He has performed as a guest artist alongside Lang Lang in a privately-held concert in Los Angeles, and has performed concerti with the Long Beach Symphony and the Perugia International Orchestra at the Musicfest Perugia 2018. He has been the pianist for masterclasses taught by Dang Thai Son, Antoinette Perry, Enrico Pace, Jeffrey Swann, James Giles, and David Kaplan.
Sean is currently studying under the tutelage of Inna Faliks at University of California, Los Angeles, working towards a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance upon having earned his Bachelor’s Degree there as well. For the last two years, Sean has also maintained a full studio of piano students, in which he instills the importance of exposing young children to the world of music and related activities to foster their academic, social, and emotional growth. Away from the keyboard, Sean meddles in building crew events for the Los Angeles Lakers, finding innovative ways to market and promote various activities hosted by the sports team, while being a primary representative of seating locations, international communication services, and ticket sales.
A summary of my accomplishments include:
· SYMF Chopin Mazurka 3rd place
· CAEA 1st place
· SYMF Open Solo 1st place
· SYMF Chopin Etude 2nd place
· CAEA Silver Award Young Pianist Competition
· Royal School Grade completed at age 9
· SYMF Chopin nocturne 1st place
· SYMF Chopin waltz 1st place
· SYMF Classical sonata 1st place
· Los Angeles Japanese American Association 1st place
· Long Beach Mozart Competition Winner
· SYMF Baroque category 1st place
· Chinese American Association Platinum Award
· Long Beach Mozart Competition 1st place
· MTAC Sonata and Sonatina Branch 1st place
· Scholarship Award at MTAC Los Angeles Branch 2nd place
· Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 1st place
o Performed at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning this competition
· Teachers College and University 1st place
· UDACS Annual Young Musician 1st place
· Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition 1st place
· SYMF Chopin etude 1st place
· SYMF Chopin open solo 1st place
· SYMF Chopin open concerto 1st place
· Glendale Piano competition honorable mention
· Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition 1st place
· MTAC Contemporary Piano Competition 1st place
· San Diego Salon Concert with Lang Lang
· Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Semi-finalist
· Mt. Sac solo piano concert
· Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Semi-finalist
· SYMF Chopin Long Works 1st place
· Glendale Piano Competition 1st place
· SYMF Chopin Scherzo 1st place
· Glendale Piano Competition 1st place
· Spotlight Awards semi-finalist
· Scholarship Awards 1st place
· SYMF Chopin Ballade 1st place
· MTAC Piano Competition 1st place
· San Jose International Piano Competition 2nd prize
· Participated in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany and was featured on the German weekly
· Bach Festival finalist for Well-Tempered Clavier
· Invited to Cortina, Italy for a series of concerts and masterclasses
· Invited to Perugia, Italy for a series of concerts
I have found from personal experience that teachers who have been able to connect with me on a personal level, in which I can relay information to them without feeling overly criticized and judged for my opinions, have been the most impactful and caring individuals I have ever met.
As such, as a piano teacher with a studio of about fifteen students now, I find that creating a balance between being an emotional anchor for my students, while finding moments to be stern and adamant in certain times, is integral to being a successful musician and teacher. This is by far what I strive to accomplish first and foremost.
My long-term goal for my students is that they become independent and life-long music makers. If they choose to teach their craft in the future, I hope to have imparted knowledge that will allow them to do so successfully.
I took lessons with Sean for almost 3 years before moving out of the area, and I would highly recommend him to students of all ages and skill levels. I came in with about 10 years of experience taking piano lessons with 4 teachers before him. Although he hasn't been teaching as long as others, his level of skill and understanding of the music was no less and in many cases even greater than other teachers I've had. He has a very impressive repertoire and was easily able to teach any and all challenging pieces I wanted to learn by composers like Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven. One thing that sets him apart is his very recent experience as a student himself, performing in various settings and competing. Sean knows what it's like to learn and teach piano in a modern setting. I have no doubt that you (or your child) would be in great hands studying with Sean. It was worth every penny.
(Background: college student, 12 years piano) Sean helped me pick new pieces I enjoyed, as well as improve tone and technical skills. His lessons were engaging - specific with tips and recommendations, and he's super friendly in general
Sean is excellent in pinpointing precise issues that need to be addressed in your playing and offering direct, practical advice for how to solve them. I appreciate that he gives clear technical solutions for tackling musical problems.
I have had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Sean for several months now. He is an extremely knowledgeable teacher both in performance and music theory. I have made vast improvements in a very short time due to his guidance and expertise. It has been a very enjoyable experience. If you want to improve quickly and have a lot of fun doing it; I highly recommend reaching out to him. You will not be disappointed!
I would like to first assess the students' skill level, and quickly come up with a blueprint on the best and most efficient way to improve and grow as an artist. Most importantly, I ask the student what genres of piano repertoire they would like to tackle, and from there, we delve into different techniques in that specific genre that will help the student become a better artist and musician.
I am currently a graduate piano performance major studying at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to my study, I have won over 60 local, national, and international piano festivals and competitions. I have also performed concerts throughout Europe, and also served as a guest artist on many summer music programs and festivals.
I charge $60/hour and $30/half hour, though I always urge students to take the hour option.
My mom's a piano teacher so naturally I carried on what she taught me! I love teaching, and I love seeing my students grow into fine, outstanding musicians.
Students of all levels. I've worked with the Royal ABRSM system, and CM as well. I've taught students as young as 5 years old and as old as 35. I also work with a variety of genres.
I went to Italy to perform a series of piano concerts! It was in the summer of 2019 and one of the most exciting and once-in-a-lifetime experiences I've ever had.
In my twenty years and counting years of being a student, too often do teachers neglect the invaluable skill set that is aural training. I integrate various forms of aural training in my students’ curriculum in an effort to enhance their abilities of listening to their quality of tone and sound.
Aside from aural training and development, it is important, especially for younger or beginner students, to learn certain exercises and etudes that will prepare them for the demands of the repertoire.
As a teacher, I find this to be one of the most difficult parts of teaching. How does one tell any student to practice the monotonous and repetitive exercises written by Hanon and Czerny?
Answer: DIVERSIFY. Sure, play these Hanon and Czerny exercises, but only for five minutes. Let’s then quickly move onto note reading or playing something by ear or use some sort of visual aid (e.g charts/tables). For children, the trick is to quickly jump into another activity and not have them fall into the dull, repetitive nature of any piano exercise
For my older, more experienced students, tone is the one of the most important aspects of music-making.
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