A formidable and versatile young pianist of uncommon musical vision, Julia Hsu has performed at major music festivals in the USA, Germany, England, Spain, Austria, Japan, Hong Kong and China. Originally from Taiwan, Ms. Hsu spent her adolescent years in England, studying at The Purcell School for young musicians with Professor Patsy Toh, wife of renowned pianist Fou Ts'ong. She holds MMus, Dip RAM, MA Degrees in performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Ms. Hsu also holds Germany's highest performing diploma, the Soloklasse Diplom from the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater, under the guidance of Professor Matti Raekallio.
Ms. Hsu‘s dedication to classical music was enhanced through her work with local artists in cultivated projects in London and Berlin, where she lived as a young aspiring musician. Her collaboration with modern dance Taiwanese choreographer Shang Chi Sun took them on tour to Festival d'Avignon, France, and Tel Aviv's annual Dance Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Centre.
An enthusiastic chamber musician and song accompanist, Ms. Hsu became a Piano Fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music, NY, in 2013, where she worked closely with the Vocal Arts program under the direction of American soprano Dawn Upshaw. In 2014 Ms. Hsu formed a piano duo partnership with the renowned American pianist Peter Serkin. They performed four-hand and two-piano repertoire extensively in major music festivals, such as Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Chamber Music Northwest and Rockport Music Festival in the USA, Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany and Oxford Piano Festival in England. During her stay in the United States, Ms. Hsu also collaborated and performed with Ida Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, David Shifrin, Tara Helen O'Connor.
Ms. Hsu made her Japan debut in 2016 with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, with pianist Yuji Takahashi and conductor Oliver Knussen, in a Takemitsu memorial concert at Opera City, Tokyo. She performed in the 2017 and 2018 "Atarashii-mimi" series in Tokyo, collaborated and premiered Mr. Takahashi's works "Dream Butterfly", "Encounter. Crossroad, Labyrinth" written for her. Ms. Hsu as appaeared as a soloist in the Rokkatei recital series in Hokkaido and collaborated with Japanese mezzo soprano Mutsumi Hatano in the Kitaku Festival in 2018.
In 2019/20 season Ms. Hsu continues her Beethoven Sonata series in the National Recital Hall, Taipei, she performs with Japanese mezzo soprano Mutsumi Hatano in Nagoya, Japan, and Oji Hall, Tokyo, with dancer Aki Tsujita.