Chi-pin Hsieh as the Educator & Lecturer

Chi-pin Hsieh

Jazz violinist, educator and writer from Taiwan, Chi-pin Hsieh studied classical violin from the age of 5. After completing his undergraduate degree in classical music, Chi-pin enrolled at the Royal Conservatory Brussels, Belgium, to study jazz, receiving a Master’s degree in Jazz and Pop Violin Performance. Following his studies, Chi-pin worked in extensively in the professional classical and pop scene.

A keen educator, Chi-pin Hsieh taught at the Music Dept. of Shih-Chien University for 15 years, as well as Ming-Chuan University and Chinese Culture university. He co-founded the Taipei International Jazz Education & Promotion Association, which organizes an annual International Summer Jazz Academy, Jazz Festival and many other related educational programs in Taiwan and neighbouring Asian countries. Chi-pin not only teaches jazz violin, he also offers a wide array of subjects to his students on all instruments, including Improvisation, Ensemble playing. His approach integrates a deep understanding of Music History, aspects of World music with Jazz, Pop and Contemporary Music Styles and a humorous, interactive presentation style. He has presented Master Classes and Workshops all over the world, including ICOM in Malaysia, Sezoku Gakuen College of Music, Japan, Jerusalem Academy of Music in Israel, and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

As an improvising violinist of the highest calibre, Chi-pin Hsieh is something of a rarity, and as such, is able to offer students and teachers a unique perspective on contemporary string playing. He is an accomplished performer and composer, and has released 6 albums as producer & musician. His first book “Jazz DNA” is the most comprehensive jazz guidebook in the Chinese world and has been widely used as a Jazz Appreciation resource.

Workshop/Master Class Topics offered:

1. A Practical Way To Understand Harmony & Theory

2. Anything Goes! - Learning to Improvise (All Instruments)

3. A Jazz Approach to Pop, R&B, Soul & Hip-Hop 

4. A Concise Music History from Africa to America with Demonstrations

5. Jazz Strings – Specialized Bowing and Fingering Techniques for Contemporary String playing
6. Integrating Classical And Jazz: A New Approach

7. Teaching to High School Students 

8. Heavy Grooves - from New Orleans, Afro-Cuban to Funk & Brazilian Music

9. The Curator Part of Me - Being A Jazz Promoter and Event Organizer in Asia

10. Cultural Boundaries? Or Not? - Looking Into the Future of Music