Pianist Tianqi Du

Pianist Tianqi Du presents Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and 7th Avenue, NYC on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:30pm. Tickets, priced at $20 and $30, can be purchased online or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

Tianqi Du performs internationally in China, Germany, Israel, and additional countries. While studying at the New England Conservatory, Mr. Du is dedicated to research and performance of the music of J. S. Bach.

Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, written for harpsichord, consists of a set of 30 variations bookended by two statements of an aria in G major One of the most important examples of variation form, the work is named for one of Bach's students, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who is often credits the first performer. Golberg Variations is often referred to as the most ambitious composition ever written for keyboard history.


Through recitals and concertos performed with orchestras globally in cities like Beijing, Berlin, Torun, and Jerusalem, Tianqi Du has received more than a dozen of international piano awards including German Steinway Youth Piano Competition, The American San Jose International Youth Piano Competition, Japan Asia Chopin Piano Competition at the young age. He created a piano experimental film Libido Fantasy, which leads to a huge impact on Chinese social media. Later on, he composed the theme music for FIS World Cup of Freestyle Skiing Aerials, with the performance at the Chinese National Stadium Bird's Nest. After joining New England Conservatory of Master of Music with scholarship, he has been dedicated to research and performance on J.S.Bach's works and hopes to bring his pursuit and understanding to more audience on the music of J.S.Bach.

He is the fellow apprentice of the famous Chinese piano educator, Professor Dan Zhaoyi. Currently during his master life, he is the student of Meng-Chieh Liu.

Tianqi began to play piano at the age of five by professor Chen Xuejun. As the junior of Li Yundi, Chen Sa, He has been under the apprentice of the renowned piano educator in China, Professor Dan Zhaoyi since he was 12 years old. Smart and studious, he showed his early distinct talent in piano. He revealed extraordinary artistic talents and ranked the top three in a number of domestic and international piano competitions such as the Hong Kong Toyama Piano Competition, Chinese Final of German Steinway Piano Competition, Germany Wiesbaden Youth Piano Competition, The American San Jose International Youth Piano Competition, Japan Asia Chopin Piano Competition, Second Beijing International Piano Festival Concerto Piano Competition. With recitals and concerts globally in Berlin, Jerusalem, Torun, San Jose, Tokyo, and most major cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen, Chongqing, Guiyang, performed concertos like Chopin concerto in E minor, Op.11, Chopin concerto in F minor, Op.21, Schumann concerto in A minor, Op.54, Grieg concerto in A minor, Op.16, Scriabin concerto in #F minor, Op.20, Ravel concerto in G Major with many orchestras.

In 2013, Tianqi Du released Libido Fantasy, which combined psychology, arts experiment into his own composition into the classical music world. Cooperated with the Iranian movie soundtrack master Peyman Yazdanian, it displayed new forms of mix and match. Simultaneously, the music video was directed and acted by Tianqi himself.

On 22nd December 2013, Tianqi Du kicked off the closing ceremony with his independent work "ICE Theme" on the "2013-2014 FIS World Cup Freestyle Skiing Aerials" in the National Stadium of China (the Bird's Nest) where the Beijing Olympic was held.

After two years of silence, he began new trail starting from moving to Boston in New England Conservatory for his master's degree. Later on, he channeled all his energies to study Bach and practice the Goldberg Variations. The music of Bach has been a constant companion.

Keen on practicing Bach, with a deeper understanding of Bach's music which embodies the exploration of the highest spheres of idea that unifies humankind, Tianqi wants to share to more audience about how in Bach's world, philosophy, mathematics, science, and art pursues the same objective. This became the origin of Tianqi Goldberg Variations Tour in 2018.

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