The New York Times has praised the "eloquent sensitivity" in pianist Hsiang John Tu’s playing. After Mr. Tu’s debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of the Juilliard School Concerto Competition in 2004, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, he has obtained the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Juilliard, the highest achievement granted by this prestigious institution.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Tu moved to the United States at the age of 14, after winning Taiwan’s National Youth Piano Competition. Under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, the renowned Chinese-American pianist, Mr. Tu studied at Boston University and the University of Calgary, earning a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and winning the Canadian Music Festival Competition.
In 2002, Mr. Tu began studying at the Juilliard School, where he also earned a Master of Music degree, with the famed pianist Jerome Lowenthal. During this time, he won second prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and third price at the Texas Kingsville International Piano Concerto Competition, and Mr. Tu was invited by the Taiwanese government to give concerts and radio interviews throughout his native country, which concluded in a performance at the Taiwan National Recital Hall.
As an active chamber musician and performer of contemporary music, Mr. Tu, in the summer of 2010, premiered three new chamber works in the Summergarden concert series at the Museum of Modern Arts, New York. In February 2011, Mr. Tu, along with two faculty members of New York University, premiered a piano trio by Lars Graugaard. Other collaborations have included sold-out performances with the renowned modern dance company Rioult and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. For more information, please visit www.hsiangjohntu.com.
Kevin Chen began his violin studies at the age of five; at eleven he entered the Juilliard School pre-college and has since studied with violinist Naoko Tanaka. He has had master classes with violinists Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, and Eric Wyrick. Kevin currently attends Columbia University as well as the Juilliard School under the Columbia-Juilliard-Exchange Program.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Kevin has performed in the United States, Austria, and Croatia, and has had solo performances with Riverside Symphonia, Thurnauer Chamber Orchestra, International Youth Chamber Orchestra, Livingston Symphony Orchestra, the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra, and Juilliard Pre-college Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Kevin has won several competitions, including the Westminster Scholarship Concerto Competition, the Chinese American Young People’s Music Program, the Juilliard pre-college violin concerto competition, Princeton Festival Bach-class violin competition, and the Riverside Symphonia Caprio II Young Artist competition.
While attending the Juilliard pre-college, he was concertmaster/principal of the Juilliard Pre-college Chamber Orchestra and Juilliard Pre-college Orchestra. He was also a member of the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra and held principal positions there as well. Since 2006, Kevin has actively participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School and performed in the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, and Aspen Chamber Symphony.