Equal parts composer and pianist, the piano-playing of 21 year-old Andrew Hsu has been hailed as “incendiary” (New York Times), “[channelling] Horowitz right down to the brilliant-yet-delicate high-treble sonority” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “a great storyteller, who listens attentively to what he says and plays with deep conviction…in turns limpid and virtuosic” (Kalamazoo Gazette). An emerging young artist, Andrew has performed with numerous orchestras across the United States, and his music has been interpreted and performed by some of the leading musicians of our time.
Notable concert appearances include a series of solo and orchestral concerts at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in April and May 2014 as Gilmore Young Artist, a 2014 residency at Music from Angel Fire as Young Composer-in-Residence, a special joint recital at the Curtis Institute of Music with siblings Ashley and Daniel “The Last Three Sonatas of Beethoven”, and a series of performances at the Tanglewood Music Center in July and August 2015 as the pianist of the New Fromm Players. Andrew’s music is also no stranger to the concert stage, receiving premieres and performances alike on a regular basis. His music has received numerous honors over the years, including several ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a BMI William Schuman Prize, and winning prizes at the Chicago’s Generation Next Young Composers’ Competition, Lyra Society’s Costello Composition Competition, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers and the Tribeca New Music Young Composers’ Competition.
Currently residing in New York City, Andrew pursues a Master of Music in music composition at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Steven Stucky. He also studies piano privately with Gary Graffman. Andrew was the Rising Star Annual Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, from where he holds degrees in both piano and music composition and both the Edward Aldwell and Alfredo Casella Awards. There, he studied with pianists Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff, and composers Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig. Previous major teachers include Hans Boepple, Jed Galant, Erna Gulabyan, Larisa Kagan, Ford Lallerstedt and Pamela Quist. Both of Andrew’s graduation recitals at the Curtis Institute (piano and music composition) have been featured on WHYY’s On Stage at Curtis public radio and television program to great critical acclaim. Additionally, Andrew has been the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fellow, Nat Cole Memorial Fellow and Patricia Wylde Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He was a recipient of a Williamson Foundation for Music Grant in 2013 and 2014.