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The 9th PYPA Piano Festival
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Ching-Yun Hu with PYPA Young Pianists

*In collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center in New York for TCC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:15pm EDT 
Opening Concert at 8:00pm EDT

Location: Online above!
Tickets: Free Admission

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Program:

Chopin Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
Chopin Impromptu in G-Flat Major, Op. 36
Chopin Impromptu in D-Flat Major. Op. 51
Chopin Fantasie Impromptu in c-sharp minor, Op. 66
Perfomer: Ching-Yun Hu

Schubert/Liszt “Ave Maria”
Schubert/Liszt “Auf dem Wasser zu Singen”
Schumann/Liszt “Widmung”
Perfomer: Ching-Yun Hu

Rachmaninoff Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39, No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9
Perfomer: Ching-Yun Hu

Schubert Impromptu in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3
Chopin Mazurkas Op. 51, No. 1, 2
Performer: Natasha Wu

Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47
Perfomer: Yao-Wen Chang

Tyzen Hsiao The Angel from Formosa
Performer: Ching-Yun Hu

Summary:

Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “first class talent… superb pianist” and by International Piano (London) for “praises follow her around the world”, Taiwanese-American pianist Ching-Yun Hu is a unique presence on the international concert scene. She is the winner of the Arthur Rubinstein and Concert Artists Guild Competitions, and since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, she has continued to perform internationally at major concert venues across the world. Her albums with Naxos, ArchiMusic, and BMop Sound have received critical acclaims and won the prestigious Golden Melody Award for “Best Classical Album of the Year”. Pianist Magazine has called her latest Rachmaninoff album as an “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers”. Renowned also as a presenter, curator, educator and a passionate classical music promoter, she is the founder and artistic director of renowned Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA), and serves on the piano faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia.

In this concert, Ching-Yun Hu is joined by two rising Taiwanese piano stars, Natasha Wu and Yao-Wen Chang, in a program of piano classics by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Taiwan’s own Tyzen Hsiao. This concert is sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center of New York (TCC) as TCC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Ching-Yun Hu

Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “first class talent… superb pianist” and by International Piano (London) for “praises follow her around the world”, Taiwanese-American pianist Ching-Yun Hu is a unique presence on the international concert scene. She is the winner of the Arthur Rubinstein and Concert Artists Guild Competitions, and since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, she has continued to perform internationally at major concert venues across the world. Her albums with Naxos, ArchiMusic, and BMop Sound have received critical acclaims and won the prestigious Golden Melody Award for “Best Classical Album of the Year”. Pianist Magazine has called her latest Rachmaninoff album as an “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers”. Renowned also as a presenter, curator, educator and a passionate classical music promoter, she is the founder and artistic director of renowned Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA), and serves on the piano faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia. Find out more: www.chingyunhu.com

Natasha Wu

20-year-old pianist, Natasha was born in California and raised in Taiwan. At the tender age of six, Natasha started to learn how to play the piano under the guidance of her mother. She had her first solo recital at the age of twelve. Besides solo performance, she worked with many great conductors and orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the PianoTexas Music Festival in 2019, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan, and the Berliner Symphony in Tainan, Taiwan, in addition to collaboration with Hershey Symphony in Harrisburg, PA. Natasha has won many competition, including the gold prize of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, Tokyo, the second prize of the 13th Youth Chopin Piano Competition in Taiwan, and the Perfect Performance Award of Dumka by Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia. She is currently studying under Professor Dang Thai Son with full scholarship in Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Yao-Wen Chang

20 year old pianist Yao-Wen Chang was born in Taiwan. He began piano at the age of 4 and studied with Professor Chin-Wen Tu. In 2019, Yao-Wen participated in Italy “Amalfi Coast Music & Arts FesEval”. He won first prize of NTUE international piano Competition. He is currently studying with Professor Nikolai Saratovsky at Natonal Taipei University of Education (NTUE).