Pianist and composer Vera Hui-pin Hsu will perform pieces by Frédéric Chopin, Yuan-Chen Li, Claude Debussy, Sung-Jen Hsu, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: J.S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Dr. Vera Hui-pin Hsu, pianist and conductor, is the winner of the 2009 International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Georgia, U.S.A. She studied piano with Prof. Martin Canin at Graduate Center, City University of New York where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance. She has given recitals and lecture concerts in Germany, Austria, Israel, U.S. and Taiwan. In 2016, Vera lead several piano workshops at the University of Chicago. In 2015 January, Vera served as an Artist in Residence at Haifa University in Israel, during which she also held concerts and masterclasses in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She toured with Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel in 2012. Vera Hsu recorded Sung-jen Hsu’s piano concerto, “Pounding Rain,” as the soloist with Taiwan Philharmonic; the album was issued in the Voice of Taiwan series and is available in Naxos Music Library.
As a pianist, Vera Hsu engages in a wide range of musical activities beyond solo performances. In the capacity of orchestral pianist and rehearsal pianist, Vera has collaborated with the Taiwan Philharmonic regularly since 2011: performing in all kinds of concerts; participating in the recordings of Taiwanese contemporary compositions (including a nationally televised world premiere); Vera is also an avid chamber music performer. She has premiered several Taiwanese contemporary compositions in New York City, including Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall). In recent years, Vera Hsu has performed music for piano duos, including premiering John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction (with a solo dancer), Brahms’ Symphonies (two-piano versions), and Arnold Bax’s compositions for two pianos in Taiwan.
Vera Hsu’s talents as a conductor have led to performances with many different ensembles. She is now the conductor of Crescendo Ensemble Taiwan. Hsu served as the guest assistant conductor of Taiwan Philharmonic in its 2013 Europe tour in Paris, Berlin, Milan, and Geneva, and several subscription concerts in 2014. In 2015, Vera conducted the Conservatory Orchestra at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance for the world premiere of Sinfonietta, a contemporary Taiwanese composition. She conducted in the opera studio at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2011–2012. She debuted with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in its Young People’s concert, and served as Chorus Master at Chelsea Opera, NYC, in 2008. She earned her M.A. degree in conducting from Taipei National University of Arts where. In 2004, Vera Hsu was the sole choice to conduct in Maestro Seiji Ozawa’s master class in Taiwan.
Vera Hsu was born in Taipei City, Taiwan and began studying piano at 5 and violin at 6 years old. She currently lives with her family in Taiwan.
Introduction by pianist Meiling Chen, Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts at NYU Shanghai.
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