Angelo Xiang Yu
of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition
in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu's astonishing technique, exquisite
tone, and exceptional musical maturity have won him consistent critical
acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide.
In addition to winning First Prize as well as the Bach and Audience
Prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Mr. Yu was awarded the 2nd prize
at the Lipinski Wieniawski International Violin Competition, and the
3rd prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
In March 2017, he was chosen to participate in the prestigious Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, beginning with
the 18/19 season.
In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s recent and upcoming orchestral
engagements include appearances with the orchestras in Pittsburgh,
Toronto, Vancouver and Houston, as well as with the North Carolina,
Alabama, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Grand Rapids, Toledo,
Modesto, Tucson, Elgin, Binghamton and Lake Forest symphonies. In
the summer of 2016, he participated for the second season in a row
in Portland, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest festival and made his
debut at the Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California.
Internationally, he has appeared with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,
Auckland Philharmonia, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic
Highlights of his 17/18 season include debuts with the Colorado and
Pasadena symphonies, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park
Music Festival in downtown Chicago and his recital debut at the Ravinia
Festival; re-engagements with the North Carolina, Puerto Rico and
Lake Forest symphonies; a return to Jordan Hall in Boston; and a debut
appearance with the New Zealand Symphony with performances throughout
An active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has performed in
a number of world renowned venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Louvre
Auditorium in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing,
Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Concert Hall, Oslo Opera House,
Auckland Town Hall, Bennett Gordon Hall in Chicago, Jordan Hall and
Symphony Hall in Boston. He has also appeared in several of the world’s
leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival, Ravinia
Festival, Bergen Festival and the Perlman Music Program. During the
12/13 season, Mr. Yu was invited to tour with Miriam Fried and chamber
musicians from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute and performed
concerts in New York, Chicago, Florida and throughout New England.
Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at
the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing
Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Yu earned his Bachelor’s and
Master's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston,
where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship
in Violin and was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim
Kashkashian, and served as the teaching assistant of Donald Weilerstein.
He was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s
most prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.
Mr. Yu currently resides in Boston and performs on a 1729 Stradivarius
violin generously on loan from an anonymous donor.
Hsu is a critically acclaimed pianist and award-winning composer.
Writing music characterized as “an amorphous cloud of dissonance,
slow and vibrating” (New York Times) and “deliciously atmospheric,
pulseless” (Oregon ArtsWatch), his compositions have been performed
across the United States, including festivals such as the Aspen Music
Festival and School, Chamber Music Northwest, the Gilmore International
Keyboard Festival, Music from Angel Fire and the Tanglewood Music
Center. A 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, his pianism has been noted for
his “incendiary account[s]” (New York Times) and “[channelling] Horowitz
right down to the brilliant-yet-delicate high-treble sonority” (Philadelphia
Hsu is a recent recipient of the 2017 Charles Ives Scholarship from
the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2016 Hermitage Prize
from Aspen. He was selected as one of seven participants of the Minnesota
Orchestra Composer Institute in November 2017. In April 2016, Jeffrey
Milarsky and the Juilliard Orchestra gave the first performance of
Hsu’s orchestral tone poem vale in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
as the recipient of the 2016 Arthur Friedman Prize at The Juilliard
School. His compositions have collectively received numerous honors
over the years, including several ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer
Awards and a BMI William Schuman Prize. Upcoming projects include
commissions for clarinetist Yoonah Kim, harpist Héloïse Carlean-Jones
and violinist Angelo Xiang Yu.
In Summer 2015, Hsu was invited to the exclusive New Fromm Players
at Tanglewood, performing many works by living composers. He performed
in the 2015–16 Gilmore Rising Star Series, and has appeared on the
the stages of Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center,
the Kimmel Center and Seiji Ozawa Hall, among others. An avid chamber
musician, Hsu currently attends Marlboro Music.
Hsu is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where
he is a pupil of Matthias Pintscher. He received degrees from the
Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard, where he held the Rising
Star Annual and Kovner Fellowships and his mentors included pianists
Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff, and composers Samuel Adler, Richard
Danielpour, David Ludwig and Steven Stucky. He was a recipient of
a Williamson Foundation for Music Grant in 2013 and 2014.
Hsu's brother is Daniel Hsu, critically-acclaimed Asian-American pianist.
A really solid pianist from Wuhan, no flash,
no drawbacks, all substantial and musical
-David Moran, The Boston Musical Intelligencer