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Award-winning Pianist Hsiang Tu to perform at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 27, 2004

(New Orleans)Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents Guest Artist Hsiang Tu, piano. The concert is set for Friday, October 29, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex located at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Tu will perform Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat major, Messiaen's Preludes for Piano, Bartok's Out of Doors, Schumann's Humoreske, and Ravel's La Valse. This concert is cosponsored by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

General admission is $10 and student and Loyola community admission is $5.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1979, Hsiang Tu is the winner of the 2004 Juilliard School Concerto Competition, and he is awarded Second Prize at the 2003 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Third Prize at the 2003 Kingsville International Piano Concerto Competition, and First Prize at the 2000 Canadian Music Festival Competition. He is also the winner of the Boston University Concerto Competition, the Harvard Musical Association Achievement Award, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competition.

Tu made his New York debut in May 2004 at the Alice Tully Hall with The Juilliard Orchestra, and he has been presented in recitals by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Taiwan National Recital Hall, and the Banff Centre, where he has done a six-month residency. Tu has been interviewed by the CBC Radio in Canada, and appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston University Symphonic Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a full-scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival under John Perry, and has participated in master classes by Russell Sherman, Fu Tsong, and Anton Kuerti.

Tu came to the United States at the age of fourteen, after winning the National Youth Piano Competition in his native country. His early piano study in this country was at the Idyllwild School with Nelms MacElvan and at the Walnut Hill School with Hae-Sun Paik and Hung-Kuan Chen. After two years at the Boston University, Tu followed Chen to Canada and received a Bachelor of Music in 2002 from the University of Calgary. Tu has since moved back to the United States and been studying at The Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music in 2004 and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow, under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal.

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