Battle Creek Symphony
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 pm
W.K. Kellogg Auditorium
With Gilmore Young Artist
Join us as we take part in America's most prestigious piano festival with the grandeur of Brahms' majestic Symphony No. 1 and Schumann's Piano Concerto. The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra is proud to present one of the most young and promising pianists in our country, Andrew Hsu, as we close out the 115th Concert Season.
A collaboration with the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
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Robert and Eleanor DeVries
Dr. Larraine Matusak
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Gilmore Young Artist, Andrew Hsu will perform the Schumann Piano Concerto at our spectacular evening of Gilmore Grand with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra!
Recipient of numerous awards and grants, Andrew Hsu, a 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Andrew pursues an Artist's Diploma in music composition at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where he holds the Rising Star Annual Fellowship.
Andrew's music-making has been heard all over the United States of America. His compositions have been heard and he has performed extensively throughout many states, including California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York and Texas. In addition, he has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, El Camino Youth Symphony and the Oakland Symphony. His performances has been described as "incendiary" (Allan Kozinn, New York Times) and "[seeming] to channel Horowitz" (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer).
Andrew leads a constantly active musical life, in order to empower his music-making and artistic sensibilities. For the summer of 2013, he held the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fellowship and the Nat Cole Memorial Fellowship as he attended the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA, for which he received an additional grant from the Williamson Foundation for Music. In May 2013, Andrew graduated with honors from Curtis with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, also attaining the Edward Aldwell Prize for Musical Studies. In the summer of 2012, he attended the Écoles d'art américaines de Fontainebleau, where he received the Prix de Piano.
Recognitions for Andrew's recent work are numerous, in both composition and piano. He was the recipient of the William Schuman Prize in the 2012 BMI Student Composer's Awards for his song cycle Dickinson Songs, being the youngest ever to received the prize. He is also a four-time recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Award, receiving the award in 2008, 2011 and 2012, and Honorable Mention in 2010. He also received First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers for his Piano Trio, First Prize in the Chicago's Generation Next Young Composers' Competition for his piano suite Sonic Fragments, First Prize and the "Most Promising Young Talent" at the Russian International Music Competition, First Prize at the Menuhin-Dowling Young Musicians' Competition, First Prize the MTAC Solo and Concerto Piano Competitions and Second Prize the Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition.
A crucial part of anyone's growth and education, Andrew has been fortuitous to have an incredible group of teachers, coaches and mentors. Currently under the tutelage of David Ludwig in music composition, he has also studied with Richard Danielpour and Pamela Layman Quist in the past. Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff are his current primary piano teachers, but he has also studied with Hans Boepple, Jed Galant, Erna Gulabyan and Larisa Kagan. In addition to these primary mentors, Andrew has worked with, in various ways, and multitude of illustrious composers and musicians, such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Emanuel Ax, Sergei Babayan, Jonathan Biss, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Stephen Drury, Isabelle Duha, Philippe Entremont, Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Claude and Pamela Frank, John Harbison, Christian Ivaldi, Ida Kavafian, Meng-Chieh Liu, Robert McDonald, Otto-Werner Mueller, Garrick Ohlsson, Joseph Silverstein, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Michael Stern, Steven Stucky, Steven Tenenbom, George Tsontakis, Joan Tower and Robert Van Sice, as well as current and past members of the Borromeo String Quartet, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, the Guarneri String Quartet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew began showing signs of musical talent as early as five years of age, but did not begin to take formal piano lessons until he was seven years old. Composition lessons quickly followed less than two years after, and improvisation a year after that. He continued to excel at school during this time. Today, Andrew is an extremely versatile musician and "new music junkie", and enjoys various musical activities, including chamber music, improvisation, teaching, musical outreach and collaborations with other modern art forms. In addition to his dedication to music, Andrew's interests outside of music are vast, including but not limited to literature, philosophy, history and mathematics.