Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8 pm
 at Jordan Hall


Daniel Hsu  徐翔  piano

Photo Credit: Jeremy Enlow/The Cliburn





~ Program ~

Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major from Book I, BWV 848

Sergei Rachmaninov
Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39, No. 5

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Dumka in C minor, Op. 59

Frédéric Chopin
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Grave – Doppio movimento
Marche funèbre: Lento
Finale: Presto


~ Intermission ~

Franz Liszt
Transcendental Etude No. 8 in C minor, “Wilde Jagd”
Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition

Promenade – The Gnome
Promenade – The Old Castle
Promenade – Tuileries: Children Quarrelling after Play
Bydlo (Oxen)
Promenade – Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle
Promenade – The Marketplace at Limoges
Catacombs: Roman Tombs
Con Mortuis in Lingua Mortua (With the dead in a dead language)
The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
The Great Gate of Kiev


…. His performance of Bach C-sharp Minor Prelude and Fugue was beautiful and thoughtful. Rachmaninov’s Etude-Tableau in E-flat Minor (Opus 39, No, 5) emerged in all its passionate turbulence and led inexorably to its climax. Tchaikovsky’s Dumka in C Minor (Opus 59) showed remarkable comprehension of a piece that eludes most Western pianists..
Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” , was among the best and most authentically Russian-sounding performances of the piece I’ve ever heard. Not the least of its many wonderful touches was the way Hsu treated the eerily delicate harmonies that represent the voices of the dying and the dead in “con mortuis in lingua mortua (“with the dead in a dead language).” After listening to Mussorgsky’s “PIctures” for 60 years. it is thanks to Hsu that I finally understand where Prokofiev found the inspiration for the music in Prince Andre’s death scene in his opera, “War and Peace.”
Stephen Wigler of International Piano Magazine (May/June 2019 issue)

“San Francisco native Daniel Hsu delivered a powerful, thoughtful, and sensitive
program of piano works connected by strong imagery and an enigmatic French-Russian dimension, as part of the first-rate concerts sponsored by the Foundation for Chinese
Performing Arts. This deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning mastery of technical difficulties. …..
A single brief encore, Schumann’s Traumerei, played with marvelous tenderness, left us
in a suitably dreamy state after a massive, magnificent, and memorable performance. “
- Leon Golub, Boston Musical Intelligencer


photos : Chung Cheng, Chutze Chou and Xiaopei Xu

Daniel Hsu
, pianist

Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” American pianist Daniel Hsu captured the bronze medal and prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Also a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, first prize winner of the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, and bronze medalist of the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, he is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel Hsu began taking piano lessons at age 6 with Larisa Kagan. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 10, along with his two older siblings. Since then, he has made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra (2016) and Carnegie Hall (2017) as part of the CAG Winners Series at Weill Recital Hall. He has appeared in recitals at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as well as in concerts in Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York. With orchestra, Daniel has collaborated with the Tokyo, North Carolina, Grand Rapids, New Haven, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan, Cristian Măcelaru, Ruth Reinhardt, and Marcelo Lehninger.

The 2018–2019 season takes him across the United States in recital and concerto performances. Overseas, he performs with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, joins Curtis-on-Tour in Europe, and makes appearances in China and Japan, where he has toured annually since his Hamamatsu success.

Daniel’s chamber music performance with the Brentano String Quartet earned him the Steven de Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music. The Dallas Morning News praised “his impassioned, eloquently detailed Franck Quintet,” proclaiming it to be “a boldly molded account, with a natural feeling for the rise and fall of intensity, the give and take of rubato. Both he and the Brentano seemed to be channeling the same life force.” He regularly tours the United States with the Verona String Quartet and in duo piano with his brother, Andrew, and appears frequently in chamber music festivals.

Decca Gold digitally launched Daniel’s first album featuring live recordings from the Cliburn Competition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, op. 110, as well as his award-winning performance of Marc-André Hamelin’s Toccata on “L’homme armé.” He has also been featured in interviews and performances for WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, and Colorado Public Radio.

Now 21 years old, Daniel is currently the Richard A. Doran Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he has studied with Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, and Eleanor Sokoloff.

He is a Marvel film buff and enjoys programming. He contributed to the creation of Workflow, a popular productivity app that allows users to automate tasks on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, which won the coveted 2015 Apple Design Award and was acquired by Apple in March 2017.

Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music
Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work

(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 2017年范克萊本(Van Cliburn)國際鋼琴大賽銅牌得主,鋼琴家徐翔(Daniel Hsu),三月三十日應中華表演藝術基金會之邀,首次來到紐英倫音樂學院喬登廳(Jordan Hall)舉辦鋼琴獨奏會,頻頻贏得觀眾熱情歡呼,起立鼓掌。


波士頓音樂雜誌(Boston Musical Intelligencer)的音樂評論家Leon Golub,也寫了一篇名為“ 大師風度的徐翔,演出大師的音樂畫作作品”,他說“出生在舊金山的徐翔這場鋼琴獨奏會,既強而有力,又細膩敏銳,引人深思,依稀展現法國的神秘,俄羅斯的圖像。他像一個充滿好奇心的藝術家,內心深沉處的探索渴望所賦予樂音的偉大新意義,遠遠超出了他對技術難度的驚人掌控。今晚的演奏是中華表演藝術基金會所主辦一系列一流音樂會中的又一場令人讚嘆的演出“。
Leon Golub 還說,”一首簡短的舒曼Traumerei安可曲,溫柔奇妙,讓我們處於一個完全舒適的夢幻狀態。真是一場華麗,令人難忘的演出。“


徐翔現年21歲,目前是柯蒂斯音樂學院學生。在音樂之外,他還喜歡寫電腦程式,他設計的Workflow在2015年贏得 Apple設計獎,在2017年3月被Apple收購。今年(2019)4月21日,他將應邀到台灣中山堂,和芬蘭廣播交響樂團音樂總監與指揮Hannu Lintu,以及台北交響樂團,攜手演出柴可夫斯基第一號協奏曲。"


Robert Finley is with Daniel Hsu.
April 1 at 2:58 AM
Daniel Hsu gave a wonderful recital at Jordan Hall last night. He started with the Bach prelude and fugue in C sharp major from the Well Tempered Clavier Book 1, BWV848. It couldn't have been more perfect. It was beautifully played with excellent rhythm and voicing, and all the chords and harmonic changes were very clear.

The second piece was the well known Etude Tableau in E flat minor, op. 39 no. 5. Daniel gave a powerful and dramatic account of this. Daniel then played Tchaikovsky's "Dumka" which describes a "Rustic Russian Scene" which contains music for lively Russian folk dancing as well as a very sad song-like melody which runs through the piece. I thought Daniel gave a superb and emotional rendition of this music.

Every time I hear Dumka (I have played it myself but not in a concert), I thought it describes a person, maybe a soldier, an entertainer or a clown rather than a "Rustic Russian Scene". Perhaps this music describes the personality of Tchaikovsky himself, especially in the extremely sad and tragic episodes.

Daniel then gave an impressive, poetic and very musical performance of Chopin's 2nd sonata. The fast rippling last movement which describes wind blowing across a cemetery at night was particularly well done.

In the second half Daniel played Wilde Jagd or "Wild Hunt" which is one of Liszt's transcendental etudes. I have also played this piece. It starts with a rather agitated (and bangy?) introduction in C minor, which probably is intended to describe the horses n hunting dogs and hunted prey running and leaping about in a mad dash. You then hear the sound of hunting horns and a then a really nice romantic melody in E flat major, in my opinion the best part of the piece. Daniel played this wonderfully and produced an orchestral effect at the piano.

The last piece was Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. Every piece was well characterized and it was a very entertaining and exciting performance.

Daniel received tremendous applause and a standing ovation. He played Schumann's Traumerei from Scenes of Childhood. It was spellbinding and reminiscent of Vladimir Horowitz's performance. Horowitz too played this as an encore.

Bravissimo and congratulations to Daniel Hsu for his beautiful and memorable recital!

Robert Finley


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