Bachauer concert series
Mar 11, 2022 : 7:30 pm
Session 114
Concert PlayLiszt

“…that elusive superstar quality that everybody looks for… Musical, energetic and full of flair.”
Jerusalem Post


“…literally brought down the house with a standing ovation…”
Cincinnati Post


“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.”
New York Concert Review


“Ching-Yun Hu has everything you need in the pianistic league. In Rachmaninoff, she exposes an emotional structure that is transparent and moving.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)


Hailed by Philadelphia Inquirer as a “first class talent” and International Piano Magazine (London) claims that “praises follow her around the world“, Taiwanese-American pianist, Ching-Yun Hu, is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style. Her distinguished and multi-facet concert career has taken her to five continents after winning the top prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and the Concerts Artists Guild Competition in New York.


Ching-Yun made her concerto debut at the age 13 on a tour in Japan and Taiwan. She made her Aspen Music Festival debut at age 16, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. A year later, she performed Grieg Piano Concerto to a sold-out house with the Philadelphia Orchestra. After her successful Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2007, she has continued to perform at prestigious concert halls and music festivals across the globe.


Ching-Yun performs eclectic programming each season, ranging from standard repertoire to world premieres. Aside from regularly performing piano concerti of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, she gave the world premiere of “Red Cliff” Piano Concerto by Yiu-Kwong Chung, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center. The performance was followed by the concerto’s Asia Premiere at the National Concert Hall in Taipei with Chung himself conducting. Considered a star pianist in Asia, Ching-Yun curates an ambitious and ongoing recital project titled “Ching-Yuns Four Classical Seasons”, performing four distinctive recital programs over 30 cities worldwide.


As the “Most Innovative Instrumentalist” award winner by the Classical Post Award in New York, Ching-Yun’s innovative and entrepreneurial projects have brought her wide recognition. At the start of the pandemic in 2020, to keep music live, she initiated and performed weekly livestream concerts directly on her  Facebook Page, including an online charity concert that reached 57,000 viewers and raised $27,000 for underprivileged children’s education. Her performance was chosen as “Five to Watch” by Pianist Magazine.


As an award-winning recording artist, her debut album “Ching-Yun Hu plays Chopin” (ArchiMusic) won the Best Classical Album of the Year by the prestigious Golden Melody Award. Her recordings by CAG Records and BMop Sound received critical acclaims. Her latest album, “Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff”, released in 2019 by Centaur Records and Naxos, received “Five stars” by the Pianist Magazine in London and was called “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers“.


As a passionate educator and keen advocator of classical music, Ching-Yun founded the Yun International Music Festival in Taipei and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA), which represents one of the most highly regarded summer piano festivals for young pianists, encompassing intensive recitals, master classes and guest lecture series.


Besides her busy performing schedule, Ching-Yun Hu is an artist in residence and piano faculty at the Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a regular guests for master classes and artist residences at universities and music festivals. Ching-Yun Hu is a Steinway Artist.

Ching-Yun Hu
Franz Liszt

Les jeux d’ eaux à la Villa d’Este (The Fountains of the Villa d’Este), from Années de pèlerinage


Six Lieder Transcriptions


“Ständchen von Shakespeare”
“Leise flehen meine Lieder”
“Auf dem Wasser zu Singen”
“Ave Maria”
(original lieder by Franz Schubert)

(original lieder by Robert Schumann)


Three Concert Études (Trois études de concert)
Il lamento
La leggierrezza
Un sospiro


Spanish Rhapsody

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