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Reviews

  • "Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu made a formidable Mendocino Music Festival debut recital in Preston Hall. A full house warmly greeted the diminutive artist, and she responded with a pensive and then dramatic performance of Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy, Op. 19. Four Chopin works comprised the second half with the afternoon’s best playing coming in the shortest work, the E Flat Nocturne of Op. 55, No. 2. Rhythmic subtlety approaching Ignaz Friedman’s iconic 1936 recording was a delight (praise can go no higher), as was Ms. Hu’s command of pianissimo. The repeated right-hand A and B Flat notes had a character of bells, and she artfully pedaled the ethereal transition to the final two chords that held me spellbound."

    CLASSICAL SONOMA CA
  • “The strangely fantastical sense of freedom of Ching-Yun Hu, identify[ies] her as a player willing to stand outside of the box with a distinctive resolve. Her accurate musical phrasing of Chopin’s A minor Study would put most performers to shame.”

    IRISH TIMES Ireland
  • "Ching-Yun Hu was a superb pianist, and the transcription [Chopin Piano Concerto #1] allowed her urgent, finely detailed phrasing to be appreciated to a degree not always possible with full orchestra. Her legato is lovely, and the way she adjusted her playing - articulation, tone - to what the ensemble was doing at the moment was a lesson in what it means to be a listening and sensitive musician."

    THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • "Judging from the semi-finals, the Rubinstein Piano Master Competition already has a winner. It is Taiwanese Hu Ching-Yun, the only semifinalist with a real ‘spark.’ that elusive superstar quality that everybody looks for. Musical, energetic and full of flair, she gushed through Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 and drove some of the audience to give her a standing ovation."

    THE JERUSALEM POST
  • "Ching-Yun Hu gave an overwhelming impression as she changed drastically from Eusebius and Florestan in the Schumann Kreisleriana. The interpretation was beautifully done."

    ARTS MAGAZINE Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Ching-Yun Hu gave an overwhelming impression as she changed drastically from Eusebius and Florestan in the Schumann Kreisleriana. The interpretation was beautifully done."

    ARTS MAGAZINE Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Ching-Yun Hu is the key to success.”

    BASINGSTOKE GAZETTE United Kingdom
  • "A New Look at the Winners: As in the competition, the audience remains favoring the Taiwanese pianist, Ching-Yun Hu. After the 4 hands of Schubert Fantasie and Stravinsky’s Petroushka, Hu played with mesmerizing, magic touch in the Chopin Barcarolle, and even more so shown in the Ravel Gaspard de la nuit. And the transcription of the Strauss Blue Danube, like a marvelous ‘dessert,’ was played with great virtuosity."

    HAARETZ Israel
  • “Listen to the dramatic thunder storm of the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2, and energitic keywork of the Leighton Fantasia, Hu's playing is especially shown when she played two well known Mozart works. Her playing expands from strength to the most deeply felt moments of almost inaudibility; to the soul and pianistic bliss. It is like the way of scultures. Her way of music is to find the essential at the core of the composition's fullness.”

    DER WESTERN Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Germany
  • Another WOW concert - The Israel Chamber Orchestra
    Without doubt the star of the evening was the celebrated Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu, whose virtuosity in [Mozart’s] concerto #23 was simply–brilliant. The support of the orchestra [under Yoav Talmi] in this familiar-to-many concerto added to our pleasure.”

    DIPLOMACY.CO.IL Israel
  • Another WOW concert - The Israel Chamber Orchestra
    Without doubt the star of the evening was the celebrated Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu, whose virtuosity in [Mozart’s] concerto #23 was simply–brilliant. The support of the orchestra [under Yoav Talmi] in this familiar-to-many concerto added to our pleasure.”

    DIPLOMACY.CO.IL Israel
  • “Ching-Yun Hu reveals a deeply original and imaginative personality, supported by extraordinary technique.”

    LIBRE BELGIGUE Belgium
  • "...gossamer in her Ravel, outwardly romantic in Chopin’s Third Sonata, Shostakovich’s First Sonata was a show of red-blood brilliance."

    YORKSHIRE POST United Kingdom
  • "Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu made a formidable Mendocino Music Festival debut recital in Preston Hall. A full house warmly greeted the diminutive artist, and she responded with a pensive and then dramatic performance of Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy, Op. 19. Four Chopin works comprised the second half with the afternoon’s best playing coming in the shortest work, the E Flat Nocturne of Op. 55, No. 2. Rhythmic subtlety approaching Ignaz Friedman’s iconic 1936 recording was a delight (praise can go no higher), as was Ms. Hu’s command of pianissimo. The repeated right-hand A and B Flat notes had a character of bells, and she artfully pedaled the ethereal transition to the final two chords that held me spellbound."

    CLASSICAL SONOMA CA
  • “The strangely fantastical sense of freedom of Ching-Yun Hu, identify[ies] her as a player willing to stand outside of the box with a distinctive resolve. Her accurate musical phrasing of Chopin’s A minor Study would put most performers to shame.”

    IRISH TIMES Ireland
  • “We have waited for years for such a giant talent and here she is. Ching-Yun Hu, the amazing Taiwanese, is not just a great pianist, she is first of all a human being playing music; so human in every sound she produces. She plays, talks, prays and what not. A phenomenon of Nature. She plays Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 - and it was a very stylized and real, sincere one. Full of drama and poetry at the same time. This young woman brings with her the secret, the mystery ,and the style. She has the suspense of Brendal, Perahia's lyricism and Barenboin's depth. Are we witnessing the birth of a new Martha Argerich?”

    YEDIOT ACHARONOT Israel
  • “Ching-Yun Hu is the key to success.”

    BASINGSTOKE GAZETTE United Kingdom
  • “Ching-Yun Hu reveals a deeply original and imaginative personality, supported by extraordinary technique.”

    LIBRE BELGIGUE Belgium
  • "The Chopin Rondo in E-flat, Op. 16 was played with elegance and flabbergasting fingerwork. Speaking in terms of sheer technical brilliance, I don’t recall being as amazed even by Horowitz’s performance of the same work."

    NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW
  • "Ching-Yun Hu displayed the maturity to infuse El Amor y la Muerte, from the Goyescas by Granados, with a profound depth of emotion in a beautifully-shaped, expansive perfromance. She followed it with Chopin's relatively unfamiliar E-flat Rondo, Op. 16, negotiating its fast-flowing passages with cool control, elegance and ease. To conclude, she offered a highly accomplished account of Rachmaninov's Second Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 36, the dramatic opening of the Allegro agitato compelling attention, while the concluding Allegro molto was the ideal showcase for Hu's virtuosity as she propelled the movement to an emphatic climax."

    MUSICAL OPINION Wigmore Hall Recital, United Kingdom
  • “The strangely fantastical sense of freedom of Ching-Yun Hu, identify[ies] her as a player willing to stand outside of the box with a distinctive resolve. Her accurate musical phrasing of Chopin’s A minor Study would put most performers to shame.”

    IRISH TIMES Ireland
  • “superbly effective” [on Kenneth Leighton's Fantasia Contrapuntistica]

    THE HERALD United Kingdom
  • "A New Look at the Winners: As in the competition, the audience remains favoring the Taiwanese pianist, Ching-Yun Hu. After the 4 hands of Schubert Fantasie and Stravinsky’s Petroushka, Hu played with mesmerizing, magic touch in the Chopin Barcarolle, and even more so shown in the Ravel Gaspard de la nuit. And the transcription of the Strauss Blue Danube, like a marvelous ‘dessert,’ was played with great virtuosity."

    HAARETZ Israel
  • "...gossamer in her Ravel, outwardly romantic in Chopin’s Third Sonata, Shostakovich’s First Sonata was a show of red-blood brilliance."

    YORKSHIRE POST United Kingdom