Ching-Yun Hu

Biography

Following the victory at the competition, she was immediately engaged on short notice to step in for Helene Grimaud in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, while giving a seven city recital tour in Israel. Her memorable performances of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev Concerto Piano Concerto No. 3 with the same orchestra in the finale of the competition were broadcast live by international channel "Mezzo" to 38 countries in the world. The success of this award brought her to new heights in the classical music world.

For 2008–2009 concert season, she debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, Klavier–Festival Ruhr, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Opera House in Tel Aviv, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, National Concert Hall of Taipei, Rubinstein Philharmonic's Hall in Lodz, Chopin Festival in Duszniki – Dzroj, Poland, and festivals in the US, France, Spain, recital tours of UK, Israel, and Taiwan, and bringing her music to as far as the Maputo International Music Festival in Mozambique, Africa. She was awarded an honorary prize from the Cultural Minister of Taiwan in 2008.

For 2009–2010 season, she will make debut at London's Southbank Centre, Germany concerts at Munich's Herkulesaal, broadcasted on Bayerischer Rundfunk, in Luwigshafen, Great Hall at Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, in The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Bergen, and Vredenburg Festival in Utrecht), Klavierfrühling in Austria, Rachmaninoff International Conference in Manchester, concerto tour with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and recital at National Concert Hall in Taipei, concerts in Boston with live braodcast on WGBH Radio, concerts in Brazil, UK appearances including Stoke on Trent Festival, Bournmouth Chamber Music Series, with Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, and an upcoming tour to South Africa.

Ms. Hu made her solo debut at age 13 with the Poland Capella Cracoriensis Chamber Orchestra on tour in Japan and Taiwan, and won Silver Medal at the Taipei International Piano Competition at age 16. She made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in a sold out concert as the soloist in the Grieg Piano Concerto, and has also collaborated with Aspen Concert Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, World Festival Orchestra, Grande Rapide Orchestra, and Viana do Castelo Festival Orchestra, among others. In previous seasons, Ms. Hu's concert appearances had taken her to such prestigious venues as the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Aspen Music Festival, Chopin International Festival in Poland, National Chiang Kai–Shek Performance Hall, Osaka Hall, and various other concert halls worldwide.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Hu moved to the US at the age of 14 to continue her music studies at The Juilliard School in New York, studying with H. Stessin, and O. Yablonskaya. She worked extensively with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and presently she works with Karl–Heinz Kammerling in the Soloklasse at the Hochschule fur Musik und Drama in Hannover, Germany. Ms. Hu is a Yamaha Artist. (www.chingyunhu.com)

Ching-Yun Hu

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