Join us for a Master Class presented by Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu at Schmitt Music Denver on Sunday, January 5th at 3:00 p.m.– free and open to the public!
Ms. Hsu will listen to the performances of three young local pianists of varying levels and offer critiques and tips on how to make each performance even better. All are welcome to attend and enjoy this fascinating process.
“Her performance was masterly in its strength and authority and was sustained by exquisite lyricism.“
– The Baltimore Sun
Watch Hsing-ay Hsu play Kevin Michael Olson: Serenity & Storm (4th mvt.) from Dichotomiae below:
Since her stage debut at age 4, Chinese-American pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, in Europe and Asia, and at festivals including the International Odyssiad Festival and the Gulangyu Int’l Piano Festival in China. Her thoughtful and passionate interpretations have won international recognition, including the William Petschek Debut Award at Juilliard (highest honor given to a pianist), William Kapell Int’l Competition, Ima Hogg Nat’l First-Prize, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the US Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton. Equally active with recitals, concertos, chamber music, masterclasses/seminars, Ms. Hsu loves to make connections between disciplines and foster curiosity in her students.
Ms. Hsu has also become a multi-faceted cultural collaborator in the Denver-Boulder corridor. She feels privileged to partner creatively with numerous organizations, and to mentor young/young-at-heart musicians and teachers. As Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder for fourteen seasons, she brought in international artists to the region from Finland, Mexico, the U.K., and hosted celebrity masterclasses including Kronos and Béla Fleck in collaboration with CU Presents. She has also taught as visiting piano faculty for several universities including CU-Boulder, organizations including the Rocky Ridge Adult Seminars, International Keyboard Odyssiad Festival, and Friends of Chamber Music Denver, and has lectured at conferences including the CU “Rhythm Since 1900 Conference” and the MTNA National Convention.
Her “Conscious Listening” seminars bring dynamic teaching to festivals, private homes, music societies, and pre-concert talks for the CU Presents, CMF, and Friends of Chamber Music Denver. A beloved teacher, her students have won numerous solo and concerto prizes, her master classes include Conservatoire Ravel in Paris and Xiamen University, and she adjudicates regularly for national and international competitions. Besides chairing the CSMTA College Forum, she served on the national editorial board of American Music Teacher magazine. Her recordings are frequently broadcast on CPR. Ms. Hsu teaches the Adult Seminar at Rocky Ridge in Estes Park.
Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu trained at the Juilliard School and Yale University, as well as Aspen, Ravinia Steans Institute, the Aldeburgh Festival in the U.K., and Tanglewood. She continues to learn through all the art forms and diverse artists around her.
A Steinway Artist, she is married to composer Daniel Kellogg who is the new president of Young Concert Artists, Inc., and they have one daughter. She is based in Erie, Colorado, and New York City. Besides music, she loves to travel with her family and take dance classes.