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Guest Artist Brian Keng-Lun Hsu

Piano Recital & Masterclass October 20th @ 2:45-4:45pm in the Daniel Recital Hall FREE

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Concert pianist Brian Hsu performers selections from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage II. Italie, including the monumental Dante Sonata, followed by a masterclass for BCCM piano performance students.

Program


F. Liszt
Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata

About Brian Keng-Lun Hsu

Brian Hsu made his concerto debut at the age of 16 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has since gone on to establish himself as a pianist of great energy and unusual communicative ability. Critics have described his performances in surperlatives, noting his "breadth of expression and technical ability."

Portrait of Brian Keng-Lun Hsu.
Brian Keng-Lun Hsu.

An experienced performer, Mr. Hsu has performed throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. US performances include Boston, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, as well as many others. He has appeared as concerto soloist with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Haddonfield Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic, and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a guest on WQXR radio station in New York several times. Mr. Hsu has performed in various music festivals including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, Banff Festival of the Arts in Canada, and PianoFest in The Hamptons in Long Island, New York. His U.S. debut solo recording, Night at the opera: Part I, which consists of opera transcriptions for solo piano, was released in the fall of 2018. In addition to his competition successes, Mr. Hsu was the recipient of numerous awards while attending Juilliard, Yale, and Michigan.

As an avid chamber musician and collaborator, Mr. Hsu frequently perform with colleagues throughout the music world. In 2011, Mr. Hsu participated in the world premiere of Paul Schoenfeld’s Piano quintet with members of the Pro Arte’s quartet and recorded for Albany Records, released in the spring of 2014. In 2016, He premiered Logan Skelton’s Letters to Santa with voice alumni of Loyola University New Orleans. His piano trio, Ensemble Peri, completed its inaugural tour in Korea during the summer of 2019. In addition, he is one of the founding members of Key 2 Inclusion, an intercollegiate initiative dedicated to learning piano music written by African-American and minority composers.

Mr. Hsu served as a staff accompanist at Yale University and University of Michigan, staff accompanist and chamber music coach at Eastern Music Festival, piano faculty at the McAlester Institute in Oklahoma, piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He has served as schedule coordinator, staff pianist, faculty, and assistant to the director at Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. He was also an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University and taught at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. He has given numerous performances and masterclassses at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Asia, and collaborated with various artists and faculty.

Mr. Hsu’s primary piano professors include Logan Skelton, Peter Frankl, Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Wha-Kyung Byun, and John Kuo. He has won awards in numerous competitions, both in the US and Asia, including Wideman Competition, Corpus Christi International Young Artists’ Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer, National Piano Competition in Taiwan. Additional studies have been with Da-Ming Zhu, Paul Schenly, Marc Durand, Arthur Greene. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale University, and his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is associate professor and the keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans. Mr. Hsu’s US debut CD, as well as future engagements, can be found on brian-hsu.com.

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Guest Artist David Kaplan

Piano Recital & Masterclass October 6th @ 3:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall FREE

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David Kaplan, UCLA Professor of Piano, performs two classics by Mozart and Beethoven, followed by a masterclass for BCCM piano performance students

Program


W.A. Mozart
Fantasy in C Minor, K. 475

L. v Beethoven
Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110

  • Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
  • Allegro molto
  • Adagio ma non troppo—Arioso dolente—Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo

Masterclass for BCCM Piano Students


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

  • Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
    Chan Lee

Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

  • Allegro de Concierto, Op. 46
    Doris Chen

About David Kaplan

David Kaplan, pianist, has been called "excellent and adventurous" by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for "grace and fire" at the keyboard. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and has performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, Washington’s National Gallery, Music on Main in Vancouver, and Strathmore.

Portrait of David Kaplan.
David Kaplan.

Kaplan’s New Dances of the League of David, a recital infusing Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze with 16 new works by composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Marcos Balter, Caroline Shaw, and Andrew Norman was cited among the "Best Classical Music Performances of 2015" by The New York Times. For 2021, he commissions renowned composers Anthony Cheung and Christopher Cerrone for two works based on music written by one another. The new pair of works will be programmed among fantasy-form works from L. Couperin to Elliott Carter.

Balancing solo performances with meaningful collaborations, Kaplan has played with the Attacca, Ariel, Enso, Hausman, and Tesla String Quartets. As a core member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, he performs frequently in New York’s most exciting venues, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to National Sawdust, as well as creating innovative residencies as far away as Abu Dhabi, Mexico, and Scotland. He is a veteran of numerous distinguished chamber music festivals and series, such as the Seattle Chamber Music, Bard, and Mostly Mozart Festivals, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, and Barge Music. He is an alumnus of Tanglewood and the Ravinia-Steans Institute, and performs regularly as an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program, including with Itzhak Perlman at Miami’s Arsht Center. He serves as Co-Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a community series in Morris County, NJ currently in its 33rd season.

Kaplan has recorded for Naxos and Marquis Records, as well as with Timo Andres in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty (2010), for Nonesuch. His recording of Ezra Laderman works for two pianos together with Greg Anderson was released in 2020 on the Albany label. Kaplan was a student of the late Claude Frank, and previously studied with Walter Ponce and Miyoko Lotto. His mentors over the years have included Anton Kuerti, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. He studied conducting at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Lutz Köhler, under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship from 2008-2010. The recipient of a DMA from Yale University in 2014, Kaplan earned his Bachelor from UCLA. Returning to serve on the faculty in 2016, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano in 2020.

David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist, preferring Yamaha and Bösendorfer pianos. When at home in Los Angeles, he enjoys practicing on his childhood piano, a 1908 Hamburg Steinway model A. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars.

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