American violinist Luke Hsu has been praised for his "exquisite and highly expensive phrasing" (Maxim Vengerov) and his "sensitivity in tone and deep understanding of every music he plays" (Wieniawski Magazine). His passion lies in performing works from the 17th and 18th century, garnering praise from the Wieniawski Magazine that "Luke undoubtedly understands Mozart and feels comfortable in his music." He has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, Kennedy Center in Washington, Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, and Jones Hall in Houston among many others. He has performed as a soloist with Houston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra among others. He has worked closely with such conductors as Nikolaj Znaider, Hugh Wolff, Marek Pijarowski and Cristian Macelaru, and his performances have been recorded and broadcasted on US radio station’s NPR, Canada’s CBC and Denmark’s DR, including a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Lark Ascending with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra featured on NPR’s Performance Today.
Luke is a top prize winner of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition 2016 in Poznan, Poland, where he also received a prize for his unique interpretation of the Mozart concerti. Other achievements include first 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 consisting of Sophie Scolnik-Brower (piano) and Rainer Crosett (cello). 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, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Festival appearances include La Jolla SummerFest, Yellow Barn Chamber Music, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program, and Tongyeong International Music Festival.
Luke currently resides in London, UK.
LUKE HSU, violin