BIOGRAPHY

Winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is now having a busy performing career throughout the States, Europe, and Asia. In recent years, Mr. Hsu has established himself as an early music specialist in Baroque opera and the art of recitative for pianists. At the same time, he has worked closely with living composers in his generation in promoting new music.

 

Mr. Hsu has worked as a repetiteur for One World Symphony, British Youth Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Musica Viva Hong Kong, Opera Hong Kong, Amore Opera and Creation Opera Institute for their opera productions. He also has the abilities of coaching in Italian, German, French, English, Latin, as well as in Russian, Korean, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. His compositions have been performed in Taiwan, Belgium, Germany, US, UK, Japan and China.

Mr. Hsu is the winner of many awards, recently including Scott Huxley Piano Accompaniment Prize, Major Van Someren-Godfery Prize Accompaniment Award (2004), Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize Accompaniment Award, Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, Distinction Performance Award from RAM (2005), Sing for Hope Grant for Arts Activism and Community Outreach (2009), and the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition.

Mr. Hsu made his debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in March 2008. He was named the Stern Fellow in SongFest 2009. During the season 2009-2010, Mr. Hsu joins the Opera Company of Brooklyn Resident Artists as a pianist/coach/conductor. He serves as a vocal coaching faculty in SongFest 2010 and 2011. He is the Founder/Music Director for Pocket Opera of New York, and the Executive Director for Metropolitan International Music Festival.  

In 2013 and 2017, he was appointed the official pianist in the Renee Fleming Masterclass in Hong Kong, as well as in the 2018 Hong Kong International Operatic Singing Competition.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is an accomplished pianist, organist, conductor, répétiteur and composer. He is now an Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  In addition, he's named the Visiting Professor at the Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Western Orthodox University, European-American University, and Chengdu Sport University.  A native of Taiwan, he received his BFA degree in Piano at the Taipei National University of the Arts, and was pleased to be the only candidate at Juilliard selected to the Royal Academy of Music, London as an exchange student, studying with Malcolm Martineau and Aaron Shorr during 2004-05. While at Juilliard, he was a student of Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. In summer 2004, Mr. Hsu attended Music Academy of the West with the full scholarship under the instruction of Warren Jones. He has also been invited to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh for the Russian Song Masterclass with Sergei Leiferkus and Semion Skigin.  Additional training at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

 

After his debut as a conductor for "Ariadne auf Naxos" at CCM, he has conducted Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow, Tosca, La Traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel in New York metropolitan area. Starting September 2012, Mr. Hsu takes the répétiteur position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and in 2019, he also helped initiating the Collaborative Piano programme in the Academy. His reputation as a vocal coach has opened his opportunity to be the consultant for the Chinese representative for the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

In 2018, he was named the 2018 NTCH Artist in Residence in Taiwan.  For his contribution to the music profession and community, he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2017, a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers (FGMS), an Associate Fellow of the National College of Music (AFNCollM), a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Fraternity of St Cecilia (FFSC), a Fellow of the Society of Crematorium Organists (FSCO), a Fellow (Composition/Performance) of the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition (F.Comp.ASMC/F.Perf.ASMC), a Visiting Fellow of the Western Orthodox University (FWOU), a Visiting Fellow of the European-American University (FEAU) and a Fellowship Diploma (in Composition and Performance with Honours) of the St Cecilia School of Music (F.Dip.SCSM(Hons)) in 2020.

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