The Gilmore

A San Francisco Bay Area native, 18-year-old Daniel Hsu will perform his debut recital as our 2016 Gilmore Young Artist. Daniel currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Daniel Hsu, characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet with an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions and coaxes,” is the 18-year-old younger brother of 2014 Gilmore Young Artist Andrew Hsu. He has taken first prize in the San Jose International Piano Competition, the MTAC All-State Concerto Competition, the Pacific Musical Society Piano Competition and several others.

Read an interview with Hsu.


SCHUBERT Impromptu No. 1 in F Minor, D. 935
Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, D. 899
LISZT Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
(from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses), S. 173, No. 3
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

Daniel Hsu

Daniel Hsu

Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes”, eighteen-year-old Daniel Hsu is a rising pianist who was recently named a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist. He has taken first prize in many competitions, including the San Jose International Piano Competition, MTAC All-State Concerto Competition, Pacific Musical Society Piano Competition, San Francisco Chopin Competition, Menuhin-Dowling Young Artist Competition and CAPMT Bartok Contemporary Music Competition. He has also performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, including the El Camino Youth Symphony, Fremont Symphony Orchestra and Golden Gate Philharmonic. He was a recipient of a Williamson Foundation for Music Grant in 2015.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel is the Richard A. Doran Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff for the past eight years. He began his studies at the age of six with Larisa Kagan and also studied with Hans Boepple, Erna Gulabyan and Olya Katsman before being accepted into Curtis at the age of ten. In addition to his musical endeavors, Daniel enjoys computers and programming. One of his many projects include contributing to Workflow, a recipient of the 2015 Apple Design Award, which has been praised not only for its design and technical innovation and creativity, but also for improving the experience of using mobile devices for visually impaired users.

  • Denise Tucker

    Marvelous performance!! It is amazing that so much talent and feeling can be embodied in an 18 year old. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it, especially Pictures at an Exhibition. And how endearing that he dedicated this Mother’s Day concert to his mother who was present as well. I look forward to seeing Daniel in a future festival.

    Denise T., Portage, MI

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Denise! So glad you enjoyed Daniel’s program and performance!

  • The encore piece Daniel performed at his May 6 concert in Marshall was Schumann’s Träumerei from “Kinderszenen.”