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Guest Musicians 2017

Luke Hsu

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Violinist Luke Hsu has performed recitals and concerts in North America, South America, Asia, the Pacific, and Europe to critical acclaim in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro de Carlo Felice in Genoa, Jones Hall in Houston, and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. He has soloed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Odense Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra among many others. He has worked closely with conductors such as Nikolaj Znaider, Hugh Wolff, Marek Pijowski, and Cristian Macelaru. His performances have been recorded and broadcasted on NPR, CBC and DR including a performance with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra featured on NPR’s Performance Today. 

Luke is a top prize winner of the XV Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition 2016 in Poznan, where he also received a prize for his interpretation of the Mozart concerti. Other achievements include having been unanimously awarded the 1st prize and the Isang Yun prize at the 12th ISANGYUN International Violin Competition 2014 in South Korea. He is also a top prize winner at the 10th Nielsen International Violin Competition 2016 in Denmark, first prize winner of the Ima Hogg Houston 2016 Symphony Competition, and a laureate of the 2013 Concours Musical International de Montreal. Luke is also an avid chamber musician and is the violinist of the Beacon St. Trio, a piano trio formed in the New England Conservatory. In addition to his piano trio, he has collaborated with artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Frankl, Colin Carr, and musicians from the New York Philharmonic. Festival appearances include La Jolla SummerFest, YellowBarn Chamber Music, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program, Tongyeong International Music Festival, the Banff Chamber Music and Masterclass Program, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. 

Luke started studying the violin with his mother Yueming Song. He studied with Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University where he received the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Best Achievement, Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, and Fredell Lack. Currently an American Society for the Royal Academy of Music scholar, he attends the Royal Academy of Music in London this fall pursuing the Advanced Diploma, studying with Rodney Friend. 

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