Andrew Hsu (2014)
Born in California, nineteen-year-old Andrew Hsu showed signs of musical talent as early as five years of age, but did not begin formal piano lessons until he was seven years old. Two years later he began studying composition and by the age of ten he was studying improvisation.
Hsu moved to Philadelphia and continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music graduating with honors last May. Currently, Hsu holds the Rising Star Annual Fellowship at Curtis where he continues his studies under Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff for piano and David Ludwig in composition.
Hsu has garnered recognition, both for his playing and his compositions, winning top prizes in the Russian International Music Competition’s “Most Promising Young Talent,” the Menuhin-Dowling Young Musician’s Competition and the Pacific Musical Society‘s annual competition in San Francisco. He was the youngest recipient of the William Schuman Prize in the 2012 BMI Student Composer’s Awards, and he is a four-time recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Award. He is currently a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Hsu has performed a wide range of repertoire including his own compositions throughout the U.S., including musical centers such as Tanglewood, New York, and Philadelphia. In addition to playing solo piano, Hsu is an active chamber musician and has performed with numerous orchestras.