Dr. Tien earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees and Performer's Certificate in cello performance with Paul Katz at the Eastman School of Music, and her D.M.A. in cello performance with Dennis Parker at Louisiana State University. She has premiered and recorded works written for her, including Cello Concerto by Dinos Constandinides; Himalaya Capriccio by Tian Lian-Tao; and Second Sonata for Cello and Piano by John Sichel. JOMP was honored that Ning gave the world premiere of a work written for her on her Faculty Recital in May, 2009 - Siren Nadamide’s “Zodiac with Twelve Animals” for cello and piano. Dr Tien has made solo and chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, as well as in Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Rome, Athens, Vienna and Beijing. In 2009, she performed with the Holy Cross Theatre Department in a production of the gamelan opera “Mimpi” at the 31st Bali Arts Festival.
Before moving to New England, Dr. Tien served on the faculties of Hastings College (NE), Kean University (NJ) and Columbus State University (GA). She was a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and co-principal cellist with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra. Ning has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003 and also serves on the faculties of Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Fitchburg State University and Keene Community Music Center in Keene NH. She is the founder and a member of the New England Piano Trio with Aaron Packard, violin and Kristjon Imperio, piano. For more information about Dr. Tien, see her website at celloandstrings.com