About Ching-Yun

first class talent… superb pianist
Philadelphia Inquirer

“…that elusive superstar quality that everybody looks for… Musical, energetic and full of flair.”
Jerusalem Post

“The Chopin Rondo in E-flat, Op. 16 was played with elegance and flabbergasting finger work. Speaking in terms of sheer technical brilliance, I don’t recall being as amazed even by Horowitz’s performance of the same work.”
Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review

“Ching-Yun Hu has all you need pianistically. In Rachmaninoff, she exposes an emotional structure that is transparent and moving.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)


A “first-class talent” (Philadelphia Inquirer) possessing a “superstar quality” (Jerusalem Post), Taiwanese American pianist Ching-Yun has built an illustrious career as a soloist, educator, and entrepreneur. Winner of top prizes at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition, she’s been praised by audiences and critics across the globe for dazzling virtuosity and magnetic stage presence.

With a vast repertoire encompassing the works of composers from the 18th Century to the modern era, Ching-Yun presents captivating programs that juxtaposes audience favorites with underperformed treasures and new commissions. She has performed sold-out concerts at many of the world’s most prestigious venues — including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Frankfurt Opera House, Aspen Music Festival, Tel Aviv Opera House, Taipei National Concert Hall and Osaka’s Symphony Hall — and concerto engagements have included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Taiwan Philharmonic.

An active recording artist, her debut album on ArchiMusic, Ching-Yun Hu Plays Chopin, was named Best Classical Album of the Year by Taiwan’s prestigious Golden Melody Award. Her recordings released on CAG Records/Naxos and BMoP Sound have received overwhelming critical acclaim. Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff, released on Centaur/Naxos, received a five-star review by the U.K.’s Pianist magazine, which called the album “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers.” Her upcoming album, Liszt Metamorphosis, will be released worldwide by PENTATONE in July, 2024.

Ching-Yun is the founder and artistic director of the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA). Now in its 12th year, PYPA provides concert opportunities for young pianists while serving as an important bridge of cultural partnerships between West and East.

A Steinway Artist, Ching-Yun serves as artist in residence and piano faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia. (www.chingyunhu.com)

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Sample Programs | Biography

Concerto List

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Schumann/Liszt Widmung

Chopin Concerto No. 1 - Taiwan Philharmonic NSO

Documentary Film: Music Within

Mozart Concerto in G, K, 453

Strauss/Schulz-Evler "The Blue Danube"

Chopin Recital with Commentary on Stage

Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Liszt "Les Jeux D'eaux A La Villa D'este"

Alkan Aesop's Feast

Performance Tips: Ravel Ondine, Gaspard de la Nuit

Gershwin/Wild "I got Rhythm"

Rachmaninoff/Kocsis Vocalise

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Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff
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“…poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing…”

– The Philadelphia Inquirer