You are invited to the official launch party for pianist Ching-Yun Hu's new all-Rachmaninoff album!
1133 6th Avenue
New York, NY
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6 PM – 8 PM
Cocktails, Performance, and Album Signing
Please RSVP by April 12 to email@example.com.
Join me for this exclusive reception in New York to toast the release of Ching-Yun Hu's third solo album.
This special recording project is in collaboration with WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia.
About the Rachmaninoff Album
Upon the 145th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birth, Ching-Yun Hu releases her third solo album featuring poignant works for piano. This album is a journey to Rachmaninoff's enduring music, to love, and to humanity.
- Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (1931)
- Vocalise, transcribed by Zoltán Kocsis
- Prelude, from Bach Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, transcribed by Rachmaninoff
- Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5
- Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 (complete)
About Ching-Yun Hu
Declared a “first class talent” and praised for her “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the distinguished Taiwanese-American pianist CHING-YUN HU is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style.
Ching-Yun Hu’s concert career has flourished with a host of engagements on five continents after winning the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she was also awarded the Audience Favorite Prize. Immediately after, she was engaged for a seven-city tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on only a week’s notice. A year later, she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.
Ching-Yun Hu made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. She has appeared at prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aspen Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Opera House, Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Duszniki-Dzroj Chopin International Festival and Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall in Poland, Tel Aviv Opera House, Taiwan National Concert Hall, and her performances continue to take her worldwide.
A pianist who is equally at home with the music of Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and music written in our modern time, Ms. Hu gave the world premiere of Yiu-Kwong Chung’s Piano Concerto, “The Red Cliff”, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Dirk Brosse at the Kimmel Center in fall of 2016 to critical acclaim. In the current season, she recorded “Before the Wresting Tides” by Jeremy Gill for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project with Gil Rose at Boston’s Jordan Hall. She returned to Germany to perform Beethoven Concerti with the Staatskapelle Halle and collaborated with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in China in Rachmaninoff concerti.
An avid Chopin interpreter, Ching-Yun Hu’s debut recording, an all-Chopin CD released in 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, won Taiwan’s 2012 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the Year. The fall of 2013 saw the release of her second CD - music of Granados, Mozart and Ravel - on CAG Records. Her Jeremy Gill recording was released in fall of 2017 to critical acclaim by BMop Sound.
In addition to performing, Ms. Hu is a keen advocate for the promotion of classical music. She founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei in 2012, and the critically acclaimed summer piano festival - Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy in 2013. Ms. Hu is an artist in residence at the Esther Boyer College of Music of Temple University in Philadelphia.
Ching-Yun Hu is a Steinway Artist. Learn more at chingyunhu.com.