andrew hsu

composer // pianist

 photo: Morris Pai

photo: Morris Pai

Andrew Hsu is a critically acclaimed pianist and award-winning composer. Writing music characterized as “an amorphous cloud of dissonance, slow and vibrating” (New York Times) and “deliciously atmospheric, pulseless” (Oregon ArtsWatch), his compositions have been performed across the United States, including festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Chamber Music Northwest, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Music from Angel Fire and the Tanglewood Music Center. A 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, his pianism has been noted for his “incendiary account[s]” (New York Times) and “[channelling] Horowitz right down to the brilliant-yet-delicate high-treble sonority” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Hsu is a recent recipient of the 2017 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2016 Hermitage Prize from Aspen. He was selected as one of seven participants of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute in November 2017. In April 2016, Jeffrey Milarsky and the Juilliard Orchestra gave the first performance of Hsu’s orchestral tone poem vale in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as the recipient of the 2016 Arthur Friedman Prize at The Juilliard School. His compositions have collectively received numerous honors over the years, including several ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and a BMI William Schuman Prize. Upcoming projects include commissions for clarinetist Yoonah Kim, harpist Héloïse Carlean-Jones and violinist Angelo Xiang Yu.

In Summer 2015, Hsu was invited to the exclusive New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, performing many works by living composers. He performed in the 2015–16 Gilmore Rising Star Series, and has appeared on the the stages of Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center and Seiji Ozawa Hall, among others. An avid chamber musician, Hsu currently attends Marlboro Music.

Hsu is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he is a pupil of Matthias Pintscher. He received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard, where he held the Rising Star Annual and Kovner Fellowships and his mentors included pianists Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff, and composers Samuel Adler, Richard Danielpour, David Ludwig and Steven Stucky. He was a recipient of a Williamson Foundation for Music Grant in 2013 and 2014.

Hsu's brother is Daniel Hsu, critically-acclaimed Asian-American pianist.


Last edited Summer 2017. Resume/CV and press materials available upon request.