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Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and abroad in China, Japan, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and France.  Upon reaching the age of eligibility in her freshman year at Juilliard, Hsu captured the 1996 William Kapell International Piano Competition second prize. She is also winner of the prestigious Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award in 2000, a 2003 McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a 1999-2001 Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship, and a 1997 Gilmore Young Artist Award.  She was named a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House.  Her debut CD (Pacific Records) has received critical acclaim, and Albany Records just released her solo CD of Ezra Laderman’s piano works.

Hsing-ay Hsu and Garrison KeillorA versatile concerto soloist performing Bach to Barber, she is described by the Washington Post as full of “power, authority, and self-assurance.”  Concerto highlights include the Houston Symphony Orchestra as first-prize winner of the 2003 Ima Hogg National Competition, the Baltimore Symphony, China National, Colorado, Austin, Pacific, Florida West Coast, New Jersey, Waterbury(CT), Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen orchestras.  She was featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Live from Tanglewood (with a standing ovation from 10,000+ live audience members), NPR’s Performance Today with Martin Goldsmith, TCI cablevision’s Grand Piano Recital (CA), CPR’s Colorado Spotlight, China Central National TV, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, and Danish Public Radio.

An advocate of new music, she has given numerous world premieres including Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No.3 (2005)and Beshert (2006); Ned Rorem’s Aftermath (2002) for baritone and piano trio; Daniel Kellogg’s scarlet thread at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, his Momentum, which she commissioned for the 1998 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and most recently his Piano Quintet (2008) at the Aspen Music Festival, as well as Du MingXin’s Piano Concerto No.3 at the Gulangyu International Piano Festival Opening Gala, and the Beijing premiere of Huang An-lun’s Piano Concerto No.2.  Recent projects include collaborations with the Colorado Ballet, choreographers David Capps and Viki Psihoyos, pipa artist Fan Wei, and a series of lecture-recitals for Olivier Messiaen’s centennial year in 2008. Chamber music appearances include Weill Hall and Bargemusic in New York, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Detroit Art Museum, Denmark’s Viborg Hall, Taiwan’s Novel Hall, and a 2007 all-stars gala in Hong Kong for the 10th anniversary of the reunification.

Born in Beijing, Hsu studied piano with her parents and her uncle Fei-Ping Hsu, and later with Herbert Stessin at Juilliard and Claude Frank at Yale.  She was awarded fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Programme, and the Aspen Music Festival.  She has served as visiting piano faculty at Ohio University and University of Colorado, given residencies at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Xiamen University, and regularly teaches masterclasses.  Ms. Hsu is currently the Artistic Administrator of the Pendulum New Music Series at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she resides with her husband, composer Daniel Kellogg.
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