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Vienna Teng

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Vienna Teng / 史逸欣 (born Cynthia Yih Shih on October 3, 1978) is a Taiwanese American pianist and singer-songwriter based in New York City. She began studying classical piano at the age of 5. She took her stage name “Vienna” from the Austrian city famous for its musical history, and “Teng” from the surname of famous Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.

Teng’s musical style incorporates folk, pop, classical piano, and a cappella influences. She uses piano as her primary instrument and charges her lyrics with emotion, narrative, and personal history. Teng is a baseline alto but sings over a wide range.

Reaching the national spotlight at the end of 2002, pianist Vienna Teng had been an important part of the California singer/songwriter scene for a few years before then. A pianist since the age of five, Teng took piano lessons before moving on to improvisation. Writing feverishly throughout her youth, she eventually had a full album’s worth of instrumentals by the age of 16.

Going to Stanford to further her education, she released an EP while going to school and recorded most of Waking Hour before she graduated. After releasing the record independently and taking it on the road with her, she scored an agreement with Virt Records and got national distribution in the fall of 2002. Comprised of many intimate songs that detailed the issues of a young adult, her music fell between the uptempo approach of Ben Folds and the theatrical chamber pop of Rufus Wainwright.

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  • Foxer13

    I don't like her last album, piano songs were much better.

    21 Apr 11:17pm Reply
  • Sarinijha

    9 Feb 9:23pm Reply
  • SerjHand

    In the 99 - Я в восторге..... Зацепило нереально)))))))))))))))))))))))

    30 Jan 6:17pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    wow really digging her pop side... why didn't she do this earlier :)

    23 Jan 8:40pm Reply
  • wurzelburzel

    I think Aims is MUCH better than Inland Territory!!! I looove it.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dearlace

    Oh how much I love Aims! This cd was exactly what I needed. <3

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DreamingDragon

    I was a bit 'shocked' at first, hearing so much 'happiness' and electronics. My most beloved albums of her are the first two, with the beautiful lyrics and warm atmosphere. It's a good album though, and perhaps a logical step after Inland Territory. Still there are quieter moments. Of course she still sings brilliantly, and perhaps this is a way to reach a wider audience.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    Wow...after four years, Aims lives up to my hopes and then some. Some might find it a bit too pop/electronic/HAPPY, but it's a direction I'm delighted to see her go. And "Never Look Away" brings the joy even more than "Stray Italian Greyhound" did, which I wasn't sure was even possible.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • phhhin

    the new album is so, so amazing

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Strychnyne

    I'M SO EXCITED. I'm only on the first song of the new album and I'm so elated.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • xanti_j

    Ну... после первого прослушивания я, честно говоря, немного в шоке. Ооочень странно слышать от Виенны такие песни. На мой взгляд, очень попсовый альбом получился, напоминает некоторые работы Нелли Фуртадо. Разумеется, Виенна имеет право на творческие эксперименты, но я всё-таки поклонница именно её фортепьянного творчества. Вокал - как всегда на высоте. Для себя выделила In the 99 (стопроцентный хит, припев цепляет намертво, напеваю третий час), The Hymn of Acxiom (очень красивое акапелльное пение) ну и Never Look Away ещё.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • xem

    "Aims" stream! http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2013/09/album-stream-vienna-teng---aims.html

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ferran_Adria

    Before I joined lastfm I loved the music of Kate, Tori and Sarah. Vienna is without the shadow of a doubt the most impressive musical experience lastfm gave me. I can't believe she's now coming to Germany and I will see her for the First time performing live ! One of the greatest female voices. Hopefully many people will buy her music and listen, listen, listen !

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • xinjing123

    oh my god the last time i saw your show it was 3 years ago in DC and 3 years after u are come to dresden!!!

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • nitram73

    As a heavy metal and prog fan (mostly), Vienna Teng is my soft side. Great stuff :-)

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • geniphur

    New Vienna Teng picture: http://www.last.fm/music/Vienna+Teng/+images/92819115

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Strychnyne

    September is too far. That's like weeks away.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • horizon80

    http://viennateng.bandcamp.com/album/aims

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    I'ma get to see my favorite fellow Stanford CS grad four, count 'em, FOUR times on this tour. I may just be the luckiest man in the universe.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    vienna teng and her piano makes great music

    23 May 2013 Reply
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