Contestant 9: Ching-Yun Hu
The Jerusalem Post hailed her, saying: “She has the superstar quality that everybody looks for . . . Musical, energetic and full of flair.” And judging by the many awards she has picked up, those weren’t just empty words. Hu won the 1st prize and the Audience Favorite Prize at the 2008 Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, and won Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York the following year.
She made her debut as a recording artist last year, with the album “Ching-Yun Hu Plays Chopin,” and was, as mentioned, voted Best Classical Album of the Year at the Golden Melody Awards, in her first attempt.
She has played with Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and several other orchestras across Europe, Asia, the United States, Brazil and South Africa. Hu has appeared in recitals at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Herkulesaal, Gasteig München, Salle Cortot, Concertgebouw and Osaka Symphony Hall.
She has also performed at the Duszniki-Zdrój Chopin Piano Festival and Lodz Rubinstein Festival in Poland, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Aspen Music Festival.
In addition to a career that has spanned five continents, Hu has presented the works of numerous award-winning contemporary composers including Jennifer Higdon and Carl Vine. She has also collaborated and performed with the Szymanowski Quartet in Germany, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in the United States, and her mentor, Sergei Babayan, in Taiwan.
Hu studied at Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music and Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Germany. She is a keen advocate of promoting classical music, and founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei, where she serves as Artistic Director.
Here’s Ching-Yun Hu performing Chopin Etude in A minor at the 12th Rubinstein Competition.