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Rose Hsien (violin) and Andrew Hsu (piano) play Brahms, Elgar and Schubert

Monday March 25, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonatensatz - Johannes Brahms
  2. Contemplations (arr Heifetz) - Johannes Brahms
  3. Poupée valsante (Dancing doll), for piano - Ede Poldini, arranged for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler
  4. Marche Miniature Viennoise - Fritz Kreisler
  5. Salut d’amour Op 12 - Sir Edward Elgar
  6. Mot d'amour, 'Liebesahnung' Op 13 No 1 - Sir Edward Elgar
  7. Fantasie for violin and piano in C D 934 - Franz Schubert

Taiwanese violinist Rose Hsien, currently based in London, is building a strong international reputation as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician through distinctive and unusually mature performances. She has performed across Europe, Asia and the United States with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic and the Russian Symphony Orchestra and in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Rudolfinum’s Dvorak Hall, the Barbican, and the Wigmore Hall. Recently she gave a recital tour involving concerts around the world which included her Tokyo debut at the Suntory Hall in Japan.
She was a prize winner/finalist in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, the International Debussy Competition at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the 2017 1st Berliner International Music Competition. This summer, Rose got invited back again to participate in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival.

Born in Taiwan, Rose moved to Singapore at 14 years of age, where she was admitted to the Bachelor's programme at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, studying with Qian Zhou. She subsequently moved to London to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At just 24 years of age, she is currently pursuing a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music. She plays on a Bergonzi violin, generously lent to her by the Rin Collection.

Andrew Hsu is a critically acclaimed pianist and composer. A 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, Hsu’s “incendiary” (New York Times) and “beautifully florid and lyrical” (Times Argus) performances have brought him to stages across Europe and the USA. Writing music characterized as “an amorphous cloud of dissonance, slow and vibrating” (New York Times) and “deliciously atmospheric, pulseless” (Oregon ArtsWatch), Hsu’s compositions have been performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Die Glocke, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Lincoln Center, and the Tanglewood Music Center. His compositions have received honors from organizations such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Aspen Music Festival and School, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.

Hsu currently is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School in New York City as a pupil of Matthias Pintscher. He is an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard, where he held the Rising Star Annual and Kovner Fellowships respectively. His primary instructors have included pianists Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff, and composers Samuel Adler, Richard Danielpour, David Ludwig, and Steven Stucky.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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