- D.M., Doctor of Music, Fortepiano and Harpsichord Performance, Indiana University
- M.M., Master of Music, Piano Performance, Indiana University
As a harpsichordist and fortepianist, Kitano’s playing has been praised for its “elegance with admirable clarity” (Herald Times). A prizewinning keyboard soloist, Kitano was the winner of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra/Early Music Institute Concerto Competition (harpsichord), and the Early Music Institute Concerto Competition (fortepiano). Performance and recording engagements have taken her to prominent venues in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Europe, including the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei.
An active scholar in the field of eighteenth-century keyboard music, Kitano has been invited to give lectures in Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan. She has performed in master-classes for world-renowned musicians such as Skip Sempé, Pierre Hantai, Malcolm Bilson, and Christopher Rousset. As a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Hsuan also worked with Robert Levin to conduct research for dissertation “Improvisation in Keyboard Music of the Classical Era.”
Focusing on keyboard instruments are repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, her current research focuses on the musical improvisation tradition performance practice of the eighteenth-century Europe. She also conducts inter-cultural projects that merge her research with traditional music of Taiwan and China.