Daniel Hsu (2016)
A San Francisco native, Daniel Hsu began studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 10 under eminent pianists Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff. At age 18, Daniel still studies at Curtis, now pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.
At age 8, he was the youngest ever first-place winner of the San Francisco Chopin Competition as well as the first-place winner of the All-State Music Teacher’s Association of California Piano Competition. Daniel enjoys photography and programming in his spare time, as well as playing duo and triple piano music with his older siblings Ashley and Andrew (2014 Gilmore Young Artist) – both Curtis alumni.
He made his orchestral debut at age 9 with the El Camino Youth Symphony in Palo Alto, CA, and has since taken home first place from the International Russian Piano Competition, the Pacific Musical Piano Competition, the Menuhin-Dowling Young Artist Competition and the CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music Competition. He performed with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition as well as the Taghioff Prize and has also shared a stage with the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra after winning the Mozart Festival Piano Competition.