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's students are award recipients at: Canadian Royal Conservatory Music development Program, Level 10 Strings, Gold Medal, National Youth Orchestra, Co-Principal, National Youth Orchestra 2, Principal, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso Rome, Grand Prize, Crescendo International Music Competition, USA, Top Prize, Bay State Contest, Top Prize, Music Teachers National Association Quad State Conference, Presenter, Music Educator Associations of MA, NH, GA All State Festival Orchestra, as well as Senior and Junior District Festival Orchestras. Ning has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003. For more information about Dr. Tien, see her website at celloandstrings.net