Enjoy works by Maurice Revel and Franz Liszt on Sunday, March 1 as the Hastings College Department of Music hosts a guest piano recital by Dr. Brian Keng-Lun Hsu, assistant professor of piano at Loyola University of New Orleans. The recital, scheduled for 3 p.m. in Perkins Auditorium of Fuhr Hall of Music (723 E. 9th St.), is free and open to the public.
This event is made possible with funding from the Hastings College Artist Lecture Series Main Committee.
Bio for Dr. Hsu
Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, Brian Hsu has gone on to establish himself as pianist of great energy and unusual communicative ability. Critics have described his performances in superlatives, noting his “breadth of expression and technical ability.” He has won awards in numerous competitions, both in the US and Asia, including Wideman Competition, Corpus Christi International Young Artists’ Competition, Isabel Scionti International, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer, National Piano Competition in Taiwan, as well as and concerto competitions both at the University of Michigan and Juilliard.
An experienced performer, Mr. Hsu has performed throughout the world in such countries as Spain, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and South Africa. US performances include Boston, New York, West Palm Beach, Plano, Ann Arbor, New Haven, as well as many others. He has appeared numerous times as concerto soloist with such ensembles as Philadelphia Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, Haddonfield Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic, and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on WQXR radio station in New York several times. He has performed in various festivals including Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy where he was invited to perform in a special Liszt 200th anniversary concert; Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan; Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain; Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina; McAlester Institute of Music in Oklahoma; Banff Festival of the Arts in Canada; PianoFest in The Hamptons in Long Island, New York.
In 2011, Mr. Hsu participated in the world premiere of Paul Schoenfeld’s Piano quintet with members of the Pro Arte quartet and recorded for Albany Records, released in the spring of 2014. In addition to his competition successes, Mr. Hsu was the recipient of the Richard R. Levine Memorial Scholarship, Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship, China Trust Scholarship, and Jerome L. Greene Fellowship while at Juilliard. He received the Englander Fellowship and Yale Music Alumni Fund Scholarship while studying at Yale University. He also has been fully supported by a Rackham Graduate Fellowship during his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. Mr. Hsu served as a staff accompanist at Yale University and University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, staff accompanist and chamber music coach at Eastern Music Festival, piano faculty at the McAlester Institute in Oklahoma, piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, he has served as schedule coordinator, staff pianist, faculty, and assistant to the director at Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. He was also an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University and taught at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Hsu’s primary piano professors include Wha-Kyung Byun, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Peter Frankl and Logan Skelton. Additional studies have been with Da-Ming Zhu, John Kuo, Paul Schenly, Marc Durand, Dominique Weber, Arthur Greene, Robert Shannon, Ksenia Nosikova, Steven Spooner, John Perry, and Aldo Ciccolini. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale University, and Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is currently the assistant professor and keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans.