Hsing-ay Hsu & the Altius String Quartet
Program includes Brahms’ Piano Quintet, Mozart Concerto K.414, Quintet version by the composer, and Piazzolla's Libertango.
A versatile concerto soloist performing Bach to Barber, she is described by the Washington Post as full of “power, authority, and self-assurance.” Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and abroad in Asia and Europe. A Steinway Artist, Hsu is winner of the William Kapell International Piano Competition silver medal, the Ima Hogg National Competition First Prize, the prestigious Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award, a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award, among others. She was also named a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House, and a “2011 Pathmaker” by Denver Post. Hsu is the Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music Series at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has taught piano for the University of Colorado Boulder, Ohio University, University of Northern Colorado, Metro State University, and has lectured for University of Denver Enrichment, the Denver Art Museum, and the DAMTA Lecture Series. An active educator, teacher with prize-winning students, speaker, and adjudicator, her teaching honors include the 2010 NFMC Ouida Keck Award, and she is currently the College Faculty Forum Chair for CSMTA. http://www.hsingayhsu.com/
Altius Quartet is an ensemble determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger); Altius strives to communicate art to a more diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog, "I Care If You Listen," the Altius Quartet is garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences through their charisma and dynamism. Having recently released their second album, Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9, Altius has received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine describing them as “thrilling and enthralling” and their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”