Music Performance

Enjoy An Evening with Taiwanese Piano Stars – Ching-Yun Hu with Young Piano Talents at this year’s Taiwan: A World of Orchids!

The Taipei Cultural Center, Yun International Music Foundation (YIMF) and Flushing Town Hall (FTH) together facilitate an online concert by introducing Taiwanese piano stars. This concert is one of TCC in New York’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Program. An Evening with Taiwanese Piano Stars – Ching-Yun Hu with Young Piano Talents concert is pre-recorded at Kaufmann Music Center-Merkin Hall in New York, and music studios in different cities in Taiwan. TCC is most delighted to work with Queens Botanical Garden and share the vibrant energy of the Taiwanese artistic community by presenting this concert video to a broader audience.

Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15 on TV screens in the Garden

About:

Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “first class talent… superb pianist” and by International Piano (London) for “praises follow her around the world”, Taiwanese-American pianist Ching-Yun Hu is a unique presence on the international concert scene. She is the winner of the Arthur Rubinstein and Concert Artists Guild Competitions, and since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, she has continued to perform internationally at major concert venues across the world. Her albums with Naxos, ArchiMusic, and BMop Sound have received critical acclaims and won the prestigious Golden Melody Award for “Best Classical Album of the Year”.  Pianist Magazine has called her latest Rachmaninoff album as an “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers”. Renowned also as a presenter, curator, educator and a passionate classical music promoter, she is the founder and artistic director of renowned Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) and serves on the piano faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia.

In this concert, Ching-Yun Hu is joined by two rising Taiwanese piano stars, Natasha Wu and Yao-Wen Chang, in a program of piano classics by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Taiwan’s own Tyzen Hsiao.

Musicians:

Ching-Yun Hu
Natasha Wu
Yao-Wen Chang 

Program: 

Chopin Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
Chopin Impromptu in G-Flat Major, Op. 36
Chopin Impromptu in D-Flat Major. Op. 51
Chopin Fantasie Impromptu in c-sharp minor, Op. 66
Performer: Ching-Yun Hu

Schubert/Liszt “Ave Maria
Schubert/Liszt “Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
Schumann/Liszt “Widmung
Performer: Ching-Yun Hu

Rachmaninoff Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39, No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
Performer: Ching-Yun Hu

Schubert Impromptu in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3
Chopin Mazurkas Op. 51, No. 1, 2
Performer: Natasha Wu

Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47
Performer: Yao-Wen Chang

Tyzen Hsiao The Angel from Formosa
Performer: Ching-Yun Hu

TCC in New York’s 30th Anniversary:

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York (TCC), which was established as the first overseas office of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture in 1991, builds connections through arts and culture in New York and throughout North America. TCC’s mission is to reach out to all kinds of arts organization and artists in the US and Canada and support international cultural exchanges, collaborations, and artistic events in order to introduce Taiwan’s arts and culture to a broader audience.

About the Pianists:

Ching-Yun Hu
Hailed by Philadelphia Inquirer as “first class talent” and International Piano Magazine (London) claims that “praises follow her around the world“, Taiwanese-American pianist, Ching-Yun Hu, is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style. Her distinguished and multi-facet concert career has taken her to five continents after winning the top prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Israel and the Concerts Artists Guild Competition.

Ching-Yun made her concerto debut at the age 13 on a tour in Japan and Taiwan. She made her Aspen Music Festival debut at age 16, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. A year later, she performed Grieg Piano Concerto to a sold-out house at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Orchestra. After her successful Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2007, she has continued to perform at prestigious concert halls and music festivals across the globe.

Ching-Yun offers eclectic programming each season, ranging from standard repertoire to world premieres. Besides regularly performing piano concerto of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, she gave the world premiere of “The Red Cliff” piano concerto by Yiu-Kwong Chung, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center (2016). This performance was followed by the concerto’s Asia Premiere at the National Concert Hall in Taipei with Chung himself conducting (2019). Considered a star pianist in Asia, Ching-Yun curates an ambitious recital project titled “Ching-Yun’s Four Classical Seasons”, performing four distinctive recital programs throughout 2020 that covers over 30 cities worldwide.

Ching-Yun received a Classical Post Award for the “Most Innovative Instrumentalist” in the piano category (2018) for her innovative and entrepreneurial projects. Equally at home in live concert setting as in virtual events, she initiated and performed a charity concert for youth education that raised over US$27,000, live streaming directly from her Facebook Page.

As an award-winning recording artist, her debut album “Ching-Yun Hu plays Chopin” (ArchiMusic) won the Best Classical Album of the Year by the prestigious Golden Melody Award. Her recordings by CAG Records and BMop Sound received critical acclaims. Her latest album, “Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff”, released in 2019, received “Five stars” by the Pianist Magazine in London and was called “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers“. The latest recording is now available worldwide digitally on Naxos and Centaur Records.

As a passionate educator and keen advocator of classical music, she founded the Yun International Music Festival in Taipei and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA), which presents the highly-sought PYPA Piano Festival and Young Virtuosi, encompassing intensive recitals, master classes and guest lecture series. She is invited to give master classes and artist residences at universities and music festivals worldwide.

A native of Taipei, Ching-Yun moved to the U.S. at the age of 14 to continue her musical studies at The Juilliard School, studying with Herbert Stessin. She went on to work with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Karl-Heinz Kammerling in Hannover, Germany. Besides her busy performing schedule, she is an artist in residence and piano faculty at the Temple University in Philadelphia. Ching-Yun Hu is a Steinway Artist. www.chingyunhu.com  (January, 2021)

Natasha Wu

20-year-old pianist, Natasha was born in California and raised in Taiwan. At the tender age of six, Natasha started to learn how to play the piano under the guidance of her mother. She had her first solo recital at the age of twelve. Besides solo performance, she worked with many great conductors and orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the PianoTexas Music Festival in 2019, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan, and the Berliner Symphony in Tainan, Taiwan, in addition to collaboration with Hershey Symphony in Harrisburg, PA. Natasha has won many competitions, including the gold prize of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, Tokyo, the second prize of the 13th Youth Chopin Piano Competition in Taiwan, and the Perfect Performance Award of Dumka by Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia. She is currently studying under Professor Dang Thai Son with full scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Yao-Wen Chang

20 year old pianist Yao-Wen Chang was born in Taiwan. He began piano at the age of 4 and studied with Professor Chin-Wen Tu. In 2019, Yao-Wen participated in Italy “Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival”. He won first prize of NTUE international piano competition. He is currently studying with Professor Nikolai Saratovsky at National Taipei University of Education (NTUE).