Nai-Yuan Hu, violin
September 22, 2000

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Program (subject to change)

Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 377
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin
Strauss: Sonata in Eb major, Op. 18

Nai-Yuan Hu, violinist

In 1985, violinist Nai-Yuan Hu won the 1st Prize in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Belgium. Since then, he has appeared on many of the world's stages. In praise of his playing, the magazine Strad wrote: Mr. Nai-Yuan Hu is a magnificent violinist" and described his performance as "elegantly aristocratic..." Mr. Hu's solo engagements include appearances with the Toronto Symphony, the Netherland and Rotterdam Philharmo-nics, Belgian National Orchestra, the Liege Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lille in France, Haifa Symphony, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Hong Kong Philharmonic and others. He has recorded an album of virtuoso violin music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, with whom he later toured in Mexico. With the Belgian National Orchestra, he toured throughout Germany in such cities as Munich, Hannover and Dortmund. Hu has collaborated with the conductors Gunther Herbig, Gerard Schwarz, Jahja Ling, Adam Fischer, Maxim Shostokovich and George Cleve, among others.Hu has given recitals in such venues as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Purcell Room in London, and Jordan Hall in Boston where he premiered Bright Sheng's "The Stream Flows" in 1990. He has also appeared in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Brussels, Antwerp, The Hague, and Bergen, Norway. In Taiwan, Mr. Hu has performed in the Opening Concert at the National Concert Hall and Presidential Concert. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR (the radio station of The New York Times), National Public Radio and PBS in the United States; and Belgian, Dutch and French radio and television stations as well as National Public Television in Taiwan. Hu's recording of Goldmark's Concerto and Bruch's Concerto No.2 with Gerard Schwarz and The Seattle Symphony released by Delos garnered "Critics' Choice" from Gramophone as well as praises from many publications including BBC Music Magazine, The Times of London, and The Washington Post. At the invitation of Taiwan's Chi-Mei Foundation, Mr. Hu also recorded a series of CDs playing violins from Chi-Mei's priceless collection of instruments. Most recently, he is in midst of a recording project for EMI.  Born in Taiwan, Mr. Hu began studying the violin at age five and was soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Taiwan three years later. He came to the United States in 1972 to continue his studies, first with Broadus Erle and later with Joseph Silverstein. At Indiana University, he studied with Josef Gingold and later became his assistant. In 1996, Hu joined the faculty of the Hartt School of Music.