Taiwanese saxophonist Li-Chun Hsiao is a passionate performer, chamber musician and a devoted educator. Advocates of new music for saxophone, recently he premiered various works by many composers, including Feng-Hsu Lee, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Douglas Taige McMahon, Daniel Morel and Jonathan Annis. Most recently, he premiered works by Hilary Tann and Piet Swerts at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in France.
As an active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Hsiao has performed in many international music festivals and conferences throughout Asia, Europe and North America, including Chiayi City International Band Festival in Taiwan, Faenza International Festival of Saxophone in Italy, the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and North American Saxophone Alliance conference in United States. He has won several chamber music competitions with his quartets during his time in Italy and United States, including first prize of the EurOchestra chamber music competition in Italy and Connecticut state champion of MTNA chamber competition in United States. Most recently, his chamber ensemble, La’Ventus Quartet, was named third prize winner of the 2014 American Prize in Chamber Ensemble Performance and
was invited as the 2015 resident at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.
Speaks four languages (Mandarin, Taiwanese, Italian, English) fluently in addition to Japanese, Mr. Hsiao has received three degrees in three countries from three different continents. As a professional saxophonist with great proficiency in languages, he was also the assistant and coordinator at Taiwan Saxophone Summer Camp and the Faenza SaxArt International Festival of Saxophone, where he helped to coordinate between faculties come from different countries and translated the masterclasses and lectures.
Mr. Hsiao is now working at Motif Music in Shanghai, China, and has been performing, teaching and giving lectures in United States, Taiwan and China.
He is currently the baritone saxophonist of La’Ventus Quartet, member of MIT Saxophone Ensemble. His primary saxophone teachers include Chia-Hsiu Tsai, Marco Albonetti, and Carrie Koffman.
Mr. Hsiao is a Yanagisawa artist. He also endorses Forestone reeds and Air Music saxophone accessories.