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“Luke is in a class by himself with total command of the instrument, fearless technical facility, assertive projection of musical ideas, and rapport with the audience.”


 Photography: Kate Lemmon

Photography: Kate Lemmon

Hailed as “in a class by himself with total command of the instrument” by the Montreal Gazette, acclaimed London-based VC (Violin Channel) Young Artist violinist and composer Luke Hsu has just recently won the Bronze Medal, the Bach Prize, and the Mozart Sonata Prize at the 10th Quadrennial Indianapolis International Violin Competition and a major prize at the 2018 ‘Premio Paganini’ in Genoa, Italy. As a soloist, he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Windsor Castle, Kennedy Center, Herkulessaal, Jordan Hall, and Teatro Carlo Felice, among many others. Highlights of this current season included a recital at St. John in Smith Square in London, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin on the podium, and his Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 debut with the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra.


Luke has won prizes at many of the most prestigious violin competitions in the world. He won Fourth Prize (the highest American prize winner) at the 2016 International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, where he also received a prize for his interpretation of the Mozart concerti. The Wieniawski Newsletter praised his playing as “both melodious and dramatic, with meticulously rendered phrases and cultural sound.” He was also awarded Second Prize and the chamber music prize at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, Gold Medal and the audience prize at the 2016 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, and First Prize and the Isang Yun Prize at the 2014 ISANGYUN International Violin Competition in South Korea. He has also received prizes from the Nielsen, Windsor, Singapore, and Montreal International Violin Competitions.


Luke has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the world, including Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Auckland, Odense, Poznan, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra and the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra among others. He has worked closely with eminent conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Nikolaj Znaider, Pascal Vierrot, Hugh Wolff, Marek Pijarowski, and Cristian Macelaru. His performance with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra was recorded and broadcasted on NPR’s Performance Today, and other performances have been broadcasted on Canada’s CBC and Denmark’s DR. He has played for royalty around the world including His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Upcoming solo projects include a recording contract with the label KNS, playing violin and piano works by French composers.


Luke is an avid chamber musician and is the violinist of the Beacon Street Trio, a piano trio formed at the New England Conservatory with Sophie Scolnik-Brower (piano) and Rainer Crosett (cello). He has also collaborated in chamber music with luminaries such as Itamar Golan, 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. His festival appearances include the Verbier Academy, La Jolla SummerFest, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival, Liechtenstein, Aspen Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program, and Tongyeong International Music Festival.


As a composer, Luke has written chamber music works for renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian and Donald Weilerstein. His piano quartet was recently premiered at Kim Kashkashian’s “Music for Food” series in Boston and he is scheduled to write a new work for harp, viola, and flute trio as well as a work for mezzo-soprano and electronics.


Luke started his violin studies in Houston with Fredell Lack, and debuted with the Houston Symphony at age 16. He then studied with Cho-Liang Lin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, and Rodney Friend at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from all these institutions with numerous honours and prizes. He has taken masterclasses from Zakhar Bron, Boris Kuschnir, Pamela Frank, Mihaela Martin, Silvia Marcovici, Maxim Vengerov, Christian Tetzlaff, and Ingolf Turban. His other teachers and close mentors include Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and Lucy Chapman.

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