Luke Hsu violin

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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.”

MONTREAL GAZETTE

Photo credit: Kate Lemmon Photography

Photo credit: Kate Lemmon Photography

American violinist Luke Hsu has been praised for his "sensitivity in tone and deep understanding of every music he plays" (Wieniawski Newspaper). His repertoire ranges from the 17th century to today. He has performed at Wigmore Hall, Windsor Castle, Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, and Teatro Carlo Felice, among many others. Solo appearances with orchestras include 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, Pascal Vierrot, Hugh Wolff, Marek Pijarowski and Cristian Macelaru, and his performances have been recorded and broadcasted on Canada’s CBC, Denmark’s DR, and US radio station’s NPR, including a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Lark Ascending with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra featured on NPR’s Performance Today. He has also played for royalty around the world including His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

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, top prize winner at the 10th Nielsen International Violin Competition 2016 in Denmark and the 6th Windsor International String Competition 2017 in the UK, first prize and audience 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 started his studies with Fredell Lack. Then, he studied with Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory. Other mentors include Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and Lucy Chapman. He is now at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Rodney Friend. He currently resides in London, UK.

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