Since her stage debut at age 4, Chinese-American pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Europe and Asia. Her thoughtful and passionate interpretations have won international recognition, including the Juilliard William Petschek Award, William Kapell International Piano Competition, and the US Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton at the White House.
A veteran soloist with many symphony orchestras, Ms. Hsu also loves to create themes for her solo projects and to collaborate with other artists, mostly recently a flamenco composer and a jazz pianist. and has presented public masterclasses for venues including Conservatoire Ravel in Paris.
A Steinway Artist, Ms. Hsu has become a prominent cultural figure in the Denver-Boulder corridor, where she was named a “Denver Pathmaker”, and where she has solo-ed with the Colorado Symphony and created events for the Denver Art Museum. She feels privileged to mentor young/young-at-heart musicians and teachers, and to serve as a creative consultant for local organizations. As Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at CU-Boulder, she has brought in international artists to the region from Finland, Mexico, the U.K., and hosted celebrity masterclasses including Kronos Quartet and Béla Fleck. She has also taught as visiting piano faculty for several universities including CU-Boulder, organizations including the Rocky Ridge Adult Seminars and Friends of Chamber Music Denver, and has lectured at conferences including the MTNA National Convention. Her Conscious ListeningTM seminars bring dynamic teaching to festivals, private homes, music societies, and pre-concert talks for the CU Presents Artist Series. A beloved teacher, her students have won numerous solo and concerto prizes; her master classes include Conservatoire Ravel in Paris and Xiamen University. She also adjudicates regularly for national and international competitions. Besides chairing the CSMTA College Forum, she serves on the national editorial board of American Music Teacher magazine. Her recordings are frequently broadcast on CPR.
Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu trained at Juilliard on scholarship prizes and at Yale University after she won a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, and on fellowship at Tanglewood and the Ravinia Steans Institute. Her favorite pastimes are taking dance and improv classes, from which she draws inspiration for teaching and audience engagement. Ms. Hsu is married to composer Daniel Kellogg, and they have one daughter.