Declared a “first-class talent” and praised for her “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the distinguished Taiwanese-American pianist CHING-YUN HU is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style.
Ching-Yun Hu’s concert career has flourished with a host of engagements on five continents after winning the top prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she was also awarded the Audience Favorite Prize. Immediately after, she was engaged for a seven-city tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on only a week’s notice. A year later, she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.
With the tremendous success Ching-Yun Hu received at the 7th PYPA Piano Festival in Philadelphia as its founder and artistic director, she will embark on an extensive 2019-2020 concert season. Recital engagements will take her to New York City, Tokyo, Brussels, Beijing, and Guangzhou. In Utrecht, The Netherlands, she will perform a complete Liszt program for the Franz Liszt Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Concert.
As a soloist, she will return to collaborate with National Symphony Orchestra – Taiwan Philharmonia and Lu Shao-Chia conducting Chopin Concerto No. 1 at the Taipei National Concert Hall; tour with the United Symphony performing the Grieg Piano Concerto at the Taichung National Opera House and Tainan Culture Center; and return to Israel for the Rubinstein International Music Foundation Festival with a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4. From Spring 2020 onward, she will curate a four-part, multi-city tour titled “Ching-Yun’s Four Classical Seasons”, throughout China with four distinctive programs.
Ching-Yun Hu’s 2018–2019 season highlights included performances in Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Beijing and Bogotá. She gave the Asian premiere of Red Cliff, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Yiu-Kwong Chung and the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, followed by the concerto’s world premiere with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Dirk Brosse. She was heard in return engagements with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. She returned to Colombia for a residence at the Festival Internacional de Piano en Ibague. She also embarked on an eight-city tour of China for “Ching-Yun Hu’s Silk Road Project”.
During 2017–2018 season, Ching-Yun Hu performed Rachmaninoff across the world, accompanied by the new release of her all-Rachmaninoff album. Recitals took her to NYC’s Steinway Hall, Miami Music Festival, Distinguished Artists in Santa Cruz, Taipei National Concert Hall, National University of Bogotá, and Altmark Festspiele in Germany. She performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performances were broadcasted by NBC News, CINE-TV, WRTI Radio, and the news media in Taiwan and China.
Ching-Yun Hu made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. She has appeared at prestigious concert halls across the globe, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aspen Music Festival, Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Salle Cortot, Concertgebouw, Herkulessaal Munich, Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Oper Frankfurt, Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival and Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall in Poland, Tel Aviv Opera House, Taipei National Concert Hall, and Japan’s Osaka Hall. Ms. Hu is also a frequent guest artist at distinguished music festivals throughout the world.
In addition, Ching-Yun’s latest album release, “Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff” (2018), is now available worldwide digitally on Naxos and Centaur Records. A collaboration with Philadelphia’s WRTI radio station, her album received critical acclaim. Pianist Magazine gave it “5 stars” and proclaimed it “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers.” An avid Chopin interpreter, her debut recording, an all-Chopin CD released in 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, won Taiwan’s 2012 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the Year. The fall of 2013 saw the release of her second CD – music of Granados, Mozart and Ravel – on CAG Records. She recorded for the BMop Sound with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for Jeremy Gill’s work, released in the fall of 2017.
A native of Taipei, Ms. Hu made her concerto debut at the age of 13 on a tour in Japan and Taiwan. One year later, she moved to the United States to continue her musical studies at The Juilliard School, working with Herbert Stessin. She worked with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and received additional guidance from Karl-Heinz Kammerling in Germany.
In addition to performing, Ms. Hu is a keen advocate for the promotion of classical music. She founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei in 2012, and PYPA Piano Festival (Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy) in 2013. Now onto its 7th year, PYPA has blossomed into one of the most highly-anticipated summer piano festivals on the East Coast encompassing intensive master classes and public concerts featuring internationally celebrated pianists. The accompanying guest lecture series led by music industry executives offers insight to students and the local community.
Ching-Yun Hu serves on the piano faculty of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Philadelphia’s Temple University. She is a visiting professor at the Shenzhen Arts School and an honorary artist of the Henan Cultural Center in China. In 2018, she received a Classical Post Award for the “Most Innovative Instrumentalist” in the piano category. Ching-Yun Hu is a Steinway Artist.