Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2023
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

Aug 10 to 26, 2023
All concerts Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door
Age 6 and under not admitted



Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 7:30 pm
NEC's Williams Hall

Luke Hsu, violin
Chih-Yi Chen
陳致宜, piano


Maurice Ravel
Sonata No. 2 in G major
Blues. Moderato
Perpetuum mobile. Allegro

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117, BB124
Tempo di ciacona


Eugène Ysaÿe
Sonata No. 5 in G Major, Op. 27
"Mathieu Crickboom"
L'Aurore. Lento assai
Danse rustique. Allegro giocoso molto moderato

Franz Schubert
Fantasy in C major, D. 934
Andante molto
Allegro vivace


Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts



photos: Chung Cheng

event photos: Xiaopei Xu and Chi Wei Lo
Luke Hsu, violin

Born in Shanghai, raised in Houston, and currently living in Berlin, American violinist and composer Luke Hsu has an artistic philosophy that eschews borders. Believing in the power of art to transcend the boundaries of one’s lived experience, he draws on his passions for history, culture, and folk music in crafting his interpretations, and champions music of our time as enthusiastically as that of the past. His compositions, like his performances, are a testament to his diverse artistic influences.

Luke maintains an active performing schedule as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has appeared as a soloist at Wigmore Hall, Windsor Castle, Kennedy Center, Herkulessaal, Philharmonie Berlin, BOZAR, and many others. He has soloed with numerous renowned orchestras, most recently with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sudeten Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, and worked closely with eminent conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Pascal Verrot, Nikolaj Znaider, Hugh Wolff, Cristian Macelaru and Jean-Jacques Kantarow. He has also played for royalty around the world including His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

In addition to his solo appearances, Luke is a devoted and passionate chamber musician. He has collaborated with luminaries such as Itamar Golan, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Frankl, and Colin Carr. His festival appearances include Verbier, La Jolla SummerFest, Wieniawski, Music@Menlo, and Yellow Barn. Luke is also regularly invited to Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.

A laureate of the Queen Elisabeth competition, Luke has won prizes at many of the most prestigious violin competitions in the world. He won the Bronze Medal, the Bach Prize, and the Mozart Sonata Prize at the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the 1st prize at the ISANGYUN Competition. Luke has been consistently lauded for his interpretations of Mozart, receiving another special prize for them at the Wieniawski Competition. His other major prizes have come from the Nielsen, Wieniawski, Michael Hill, and Paganini competitions.

As a teacher, Luke gives frequent masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is currently playing on a 1781 Gagliano violin.

Chih-Yi Chen
陳致宜, piano

Dr. Chih-Yi Chen has been on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2003. She is the Associate Chair of the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department, inaugurated in 2016. She has also been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy for more than two decades. Her versatile qualities as a collaborative partner, chamber musician, soloist and teacher have contributed to a distinguished career, nationally and internationally.

Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include concert tours with violinists Richard Lin, Luke Hsu and Ioana Cristina Goicea, as well as performances and masterclasses in Taiwan and Argentina.

Chen has been performing with International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Laureates since 2003 when she was first invited to perform with Barnabás Kelemen. She has served as an official pianist for the competition since the 9th Quadrennial in 2014 and was awarded special recognition at the 2018 Competition for “Best Performances” of the Beethoven and Mozart sonatas. Her early work with the talented young violinists of the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi directed by renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig led to performances in France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Japan and throughout the United States.

Among the numerous musicians with whom she has collaborated are violinists Jaime Laredo, Mihaela Martin, Kyoko Takezawa, Richard Lin, Giles Apap, Simone Lamsma, Andrés Cárdenes, Pavel Berman, David Chan, Liviu Prunaru, Augustin Hadelich, Clara-Jumi Kang, Luke Hsu, Kerson Leong and Svetlin Roussev, violists Atar Arad, Brian Chen and Masumi Per Rostad, cellists Sharon Robinson, Peter Stumpf and Bion Tsang, clarinetists James Campbell and Howard Klug, bassoonist William Ludwig and flutist Thomas Robertello. She has also performed with the Michelangelo, Pacifica, Rubens and Verona string quartets.

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Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln,  Massachusetts