Piano Festival Set for Feb. 14-15

The 31st Annual Truman Piano Festival will take place Feb. 14-15 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

This year’s featured guest artist is Dr. Brian Hsu who will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 in a solo recital that features the four ballades of Chopin as well as works by Liszt and Debussy. The following morning at 9:30 a.m. he will conduct a master class featuring four Truman piano majors, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the competition that determines the recipient of the Truman Piano Fellowship Award, a four-year full-ride scholarship to an incoming Truman piano major. All events are open to the public, free of charge.

Dr. Brian Hsu

Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, Hsu has gone on to establish himself as a pianist of great energy and unusual communicative ability. Critics have described his performances in superlatives, noting his “breadth of expression and technical ability.” He has won awards in numerous competitions, both in the U.S. and Asia, including the Wideman Competition, Corpus Christi International Young Artists’ Competition, Isabel Scionti International, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer and the National Piano Competition in Taiwan, as well as concerto competitions both at the University of Michigan and Juilliard. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, artist diploma from Yale University and his doctoral of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan. Hsu is currently assistant professor of piano at Loyola University in New Orleans.