January 2018

Announcing major solo recital: National Concert Hall, Taipei

Dear Friends,

I am honored to announce my upcoming performance at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on March 22, 2018.

This solo recital will commemorate the 10th anniversary since I won the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. It’s been an arduous, but satisfying, 10 years maturing as an artist.

Considering how much I hold Rachmaninoff’s music close to my heart, I have included his complete Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 in this program. To contrast with the emotional Rachmaninoff, I will explore the lighter and jazz influenced virtuosic etudes by Earl Wild based on Gershwin’s songs and Concert Etudes by Nicolai Kapustin. My program also introduces the humorous and technically demanding Charles-Valentin Alkan in his “Le Festin d’Ésope”, 12 Etudes in Minor Keys, performed publically for the first time in Taiwan!

Watch the concert preview video!

Concert preview video of National Concert Hall performance coming March 22, 2018.
My Taiwan tour continues March 31 and April 1 with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mei-Ann Chen. Following a wonderful collaboration with the same ensemble in the epic Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, I am looking forward to perform his capricious and dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Lastly, preparation is underway for my upcoming summer festival, the 6th Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA). We are in residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts, August 5-12, 2018, and provide outstanding master classes and performance opportunities to 20 selected young pianists from around the world. Along with myself, faculty this year includes Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Simone Dinnerstein, and Charles Abramovic. PYPA also hosts the Philadelphia International Piano Competition, offering cash prizes and performance opportunities. If you are a gifted pianist or connected to one, please apply to PYPA!

Many thanks to all of you who have written to me over the holidays. Your continued enthusiasm for my artistic journey gives me great strength!

With gratitude looking toward a bright 2018,

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October 2017

October Blog

SOLD OUT CONCERT TO 1,000+ AUDIENCE IN BOGOTÁ

I have always enjoyed performing in South America for passionate and enthusiastic audiences! After performing for many years with orchestras across Brazil, I made my debut in Colombia earlier in May playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini at the Tolima Music Festival. After my performance with the orchestra, I was surrounded by ecstatic audience members at the stage door. I signed autographs and took fan selfies for about 20 minutes before the stage crew came to my rescue.

To my delight, I was engaged that same night to return to Bogotá for a solo recital in October 2017. Having just returned from that recently, I’m filled with an unforgettable experience of playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,000 people. To add to the intensity, the concert was being filmed by seven cameras for an upcoming live performance video.

I prepared an all-Rachmaninoff recital including the complete Op. 39 Etude Tableaux, Sonata No. 2, and several transcriptions. The audience’s energy was palpable and it was an exhilarating experience to be playing for such attentive listeners.

After the concert, I spent two extra days in Bogotá listening to the young, talented pianists at the University of Colombia. From beginning to end, the trip was a success and renewed my spirit that classical music is thriving and should be brought to every corner in the world!

Sincerely yours,

Ching-Yun

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September 2017

September Blog

Interview with WRTI host Debra Lew Harder:

Fifth PYPA concluded with huge success

The 2017 Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) received high claims and warm reception from the audience and press alike. This eight-day piano festival that I founded in 2013 took place for the fifth time at the Curtis Institute of Music. The concerts were covered by ABC News, NBC News (twice in one week), CBS/KYW News, Philadelphia Inquirer, WRTI Radio, and many more.

Watch the NBC News clip on my all-Rachmaninoff recital on the opening night:

Review from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“[Hu is] her typical unstoppable self…”

“…distinguished Rachmaninoff interpreter…”

“…performances were super-engaged and entirely committed…”

“…she’s one of those pianists who hits a peak you think she can’t possibly surpass, and then she does.”

2017-2018 Season Preview

This season, I continue my Rachmaninoff project with an additional theme to the program that stems from J. S. Bach’s music. I will perform original compositions, fantasies and transcriptions by Liszt, Siloti, and Rachmaninoff based on Bach’s music along with Rachmaninoff’s works. Also included in the program is a world premiere of American composer Jeremy Gill’s Fantasie-Transcription on a Bach’s Cantata.

Wishing everyone a wonderful musical season ahead!

 

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