Praised by The New York Times for his “eloquent sensitivity” and The Boston Intelligencer for his “impeccable technique,” pianist Hsiang Tu (hsiangjohntu.com) has graced the audience with his creative programming and wide range of repertoire.
Hsiang is currently working on the complete cycle of piano solo works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music and opus-one compositions. Born inTaipei, Taiwan, Dr. Tu has performed twice as concerto soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and appeared in venues all over the world, including the National Museum Cardiff, National Recital Hall in Taipei, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Museum of Modern Art in New York. During the 2019-2020 season, Hsiang Tu is giving solo recitals at the New England Conservatory, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Utah Valley University, and been presented by Foundation of Chinese Performing Arts Boston, Beethoven Festival Park City, and Wolfeboro Friends of Music in New Hampshire. A winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition and a prizewinner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the American Paderewski Piano Competition, and the Iowa International Piano Competition, Hsiang has appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the World Civic Orchestra, among others.
A successful and dedicated teacher, Dr. Tu has given masterclasses at Cardiff University, University of Southern California, Penn State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Utah Valley University, and Colorado Mesa University, and his students have won statewide competitions and been admitted to top graduate schools in the U.S. Hsiang has also adjudicated in state-wide MTNA competitions in New Hampshire and Virginia, U.S. International Music Competition of the Chinese Music Teachers Associations of Northern California, U.S. New Star Piano Competition, and SummerArts Competition at University of Utah. Before being appointed as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts, Mr. Tu taught at the University of New Hampshire, Utah Valley University, and Snow College in Utah. He studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, and HaeSun Paik, and holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School.