Ching-Yun Hu

piano


"Ching-Yun Hu reveals a deeply original and imaginative personality, supported by a technique of hell."
Martine D. Mergeay, Libre Belgigue


Ching-Yun venceu o "Concert Artist Guild International Competition" tocando no Merkin Concert Hall in New York City em outubro de 2009 e em 2008 recebeu a Medalha de Prata (prêmio máximo concedido naquele ano) no Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition em Tel Aviv, onde também recebeu o Prêmio de Favorita do Público. Em 2007, recebeu a Medalha de Ouro no "World Piano Competition" de Cincinatti, EUA.

Seu novo CD "Ching-Yun Hu plays Chopin" recebeu em 2012 o prêmio "The Golden Melody Awards" como melhor álbum de música clássica.

Recentemente substituiu Helene Grimaud em concerto com a Orquestra Filarmônica de Israel, interpretando o Concerto No. 1 de Beethoven. Suas apresentações têm sido transmitidas pela MEZZO TV para 38 países do mundo e em rádios internacionais.

Tem se apresentado nos mais importantes centros de música mundiais, incluindo Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center e Concertgebouw, e fez sua estréia com a Orquestra de Filadélfia aos 17 anos. Apresentou-se com a Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional de Taiwan e a Orquestra Sinfônica de Israel, interpretando o Concerto No. 2 de Rachmaninoff e o Concerto No. 3 de Prokofiev e apresentou recitais no Wigmore Hall em Londres, Festival Klavier-Ruhr, Festival Chopin em Duszniki -Dzroj, Polônia, Tel Aviv Opera House, Auditório Filarmônico Rubinstein em Lodz, Auditório Nacional em Taipei, Herkulesaal em Munique, Grande Auditório da Academia Franz Liszt de Budapeste, Klavierfrühling na Áustria e festivais nos EUA, Espanha, França. Apresentou-se em turnês de concertos no Reino Unido, Israel, Taiwan e Moçambique.

Ching-Yun Hu estudou com Herbert Stessin e Oxana Yablonskaya na Juilliard School, e com Christopher Elton na Royal Academy of Music em Londres e trabalhou extensamente com Sergei Babayan no Instituto de Música de Cleveland. Ademais, recebeu orientações artísticas de Seymour Bernstein, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia e Tamas Vasary. Ching-Yun Hu vive em Philadelphia, EUA.

Ching-Yun é a fundadora e diretora artística do Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival em Taipei e diretora artística do Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy do Curtis Institut of Music.



Premiações:

2009
Winner
Concert Artists Guild International Competition
New York, USA

Award Winner
Hattori Foundation
London, UK

Award Winner
Solti Foundation
Waterloo, Belgium

2008
Honoray Award
Taiwan National Cultural Ministry
Taipei, Taiwan

Silver Medal & Audience Favorite Prize (no first prize awarded)
Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition
Tel Aviv, Israel

2007
Third Prize
Louisiana International Piano Competition
Alexandria, LA, USA

The John Menzies Prize
Scottish International Piano Competition
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Gold Medal & First Prize
World Piano Competition
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Award of Recognition
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH, USA

Puffin Foundation Grant
New Jersey, USA
2007, 2006, 2005, 2001

2006
1st Prize
Olga Koussetvitsky International Piano Competition
New York, USA

Bronze Medal
Nena Wideman International Piano Competition
LA, USA

3rd Prize & Highest Placed Pianist Award
Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition
United Kingdom

2005
1st Prize
Seiler International Piano Competition
Artist Division
New York, USA

2003
Gold Medal and 1st Prize
California International Piano Competition
CA, USA

2nd Prize
Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition
New York, USA

2002
Career Sponsorship
National Cultural & Educational Committees
Taiwan

2001
1st Prize
Puigcerda International Piano Competition
Spain

Rising Star Award
National Cultural Committee & Chiang Kai-Shek Concert Halls
Taiwan

1999
Young Artist Award
Chi-Mei Music & Art Foundation
Taiwan

Silver Medal
Chopin International Piano Competition of Taipei
Taiwan

1998
Silver Medal & Most Potential Pianist Award
Taipei International Piano Competition
Taipei, Taiwan

Crítica

“We have waited for years for such a giant talent and here she is. Ching-Yun Hu, the amazing Taiwanese, is not just a great pianist, she is first of all a human being playing music; so human in every sound she produces. She plays, talks, prays and what not. A phenomenon of nature. She played Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 – and it was very stylized, real and sincere. Full of drama and poetry at the same time, this young woman brings with her the secret, the mystery, and style. She has the suspense of Brendal, Perahia’s lyricism and Barenboim’s depth. Are we witnessing the birth of a new Martha Argerich?”
Chanoch Ron, Yediot Acharonot, Israel


Ching-Yun Hu is a pianist of power, poetry, color, and virtuosity. She lives within the music, so does her audience. Don’t miss her!
David Dubal, Radio host of WQXR, New York Classical Radio Station


“Listen to the dramatic thunderstorm of the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2, and energetic keywork of the Leighton Fantasia, Hu’s playing is especially shown when she played two well known Mozart works. Her playing expands from strength to the most deeply felt and nearly inaudible moments; to the soul and pianistic bliss. As with sculptures, her way of music is to find the essential at the core of the composition’s fullness.”
Der Western, Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Germany


"Ching-Yun Hu displayed the maturity to infuse El Amor y la Muerte from the Goyescas by Granados, with a profound depth of emotion in a beautifully-shaped, expansive performance. She followed it with Chopin's relatively unfamiliar E-flat Rondo, Op. 16, negotiating its fast-flowing passages with cool control, elegance and ease. To conclude, she offered a highly accomplished account of Rachmaninov's Second Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 36, the dramatic opening of the Allegro Agitato compelling attention, while the concluding Allegro Molto was the ideal showcase for Hu's virtuosity as she propelled the movement to an emphatic climax."
Musical Opinion, UK


“Ching-Yun Hu conveyed fervor and excellence thrust along with the touching moments of lyricism in the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2. The Chopin Study in A minor was played with almost indecent air born ease. Her account made me think of one by the young Vladimir Ashkenazy - high praise indeed”.
Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review


“It is almost mysterious to see how the 27 year old pianist – Ching-Yun Hu - can dominate the podium entirely with her flexible and spirited reading of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and the next day transforms into a casually dressed young woman – radiating with simplicity and discretion from the deepest of her being. In her birth country, she is being acclaimed already as “Taiwans glory”. With a cheered recital at Alice Tully Hall, which she broke through two years ago before the hyper-critical public of connoisseurs in New York, the doors to Carnegie Hall opened themselves."
Elger Niel, Pianowereld, The Netherlands

"Ching-Yun Hu has everything you need in the pianistic league... extremely confident and physically strong, with a pleasant relaxed tone, also soft beautifully textured sound. Especially in the second movement of Rachmaninoff's B minor Sonata: Here she exposes an emotional structure that is transparent, and even moving."
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany


“The strangely fantastical sense of freedom of Ching-Yun Hu, identify[ies] her as a player willing to stand outside of the box with a distinctive resolve. Her accurate musical phrasing of Chopin’s A minor Study would put most performers to shame.”
Michael Dervan, Irish Times


“The Chopin Rondo in E-Flat, Op. 16 was played with elegance and flabbergasting finger work. Speaking in terms of sheer technical brilliance, I don’t recall being as amazed even by Horowitz’s performance of the same work.”
Rorianne Schrade,New York Concert Review


"Ching-Yun Hu reveals a deeply original and imaginative personality, supported by extrarodinary technique."
Martine D. Mergeay, Libre Belgique


“Judging from Tuesday night's semi-finals, the Rubinstein Piano Master Competition already has a winner. It is Taiwanese Ching-Yun Hu, the only semifinalist with a real "spark," that elusive superstar quality that everybody looks for... Musical, energetic and full of flair, she gushed through Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 and compelled the audience to give her a standing ovation.”
Omer Shomrony, The Jerusalem Post


“Ching-Yun Hu literally brought down the house with the tremendous ovation she received.”
Alice Kennelly Roberts, Cincinnati Post


“Ching-Yun Hu is the key to success.”
Basingstoke Gazette, UK


“The slightly built Taiwanese, Ching-Yun Hu, gossamer in her Ravel, outwardly romantic in Chopin's Third Sonata, [gave] an account of Shostakovich's First Sonata that was a show of redblood brilliance.”
Yorkshire Post, UK


Hu's staggering finger work in Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody was stamped by her hallmark of visceral virtuosity allied to breathtaking clarity. A foretaste of Hu's outstanding pianism came in the opening work in which Schubert's amazingly fecund imagination inspired the Sonata in C minor, D.958. With stamina sapping demands Hu's all-embracing playing never faltered. A towering talent, and in one so petite.”
Bournemouth Echo, UK


"As in the competition, the audience continues to favor the Taiwanese pianist, Ching-Yun Hu. After the 4 hands Schubert Fantasie and Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Hu played with mesmorizing, magic touch in the Chopin Barcarolle, and even more so shown in the Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit. And the transcription of the Strauss Blue Danube, like a marvelous "dessert", was played with great virtuosity..."
Haaretz


“Ching-Yun Hu’s sound is one of the most exquisite sounds one can hear. She succeeded in bringing out the special radiance of her touch and performed a very poetical Rachmaninov [Concerto No. 2] without being over sentimental. In short, a delight to the listener’s ears." Haaretz “Ching-Yun Hu gave an overwhelming impression as she changed drastically from Eusebius and Florence in the Schumann Kreisleriana. The interpretation was beautifully done.”
Arts Magazine, Taipei


“Ching-Yun Hu possesses the soul of Chopin.”
Chopin International Festival, Duszniki-Dzroj, Poland (After an All-Chopin Recital)


“Highlights included a wonderful performance of Kenneth Leighton's Fantasia contrapuntistica by Ching-Yun Hu, whose movement between dynamic ranges was imperceptible yet superbly effective.”
The Herald, UK

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Vídeos

  • Mozart and Ligeti
  • Rachmaninov part 1
  • Chopin Barcarolle
  • Rachmaninov part 2
  • Dança Espanhola
  • Prokofiev #3
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