Past Concerts

Hsing-Ay Hsu, pianoSaturday, September 17 - 7:30 PM at Macky Auditorium, CU Campus

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Butterman, Music Director

J.S. BACH:  Concerto No. 1 in d minor 
MAHLER:  Symphony No. 1, “Titan”  Listen

Program Notes

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Revel in the purity and complexity of one of Bach’s greatest concertos (originally written for harpsichord), performed by the versatile and brilliant Boulder-based pianist Hsing-ay Hsu. Then we'll honor the 100th anniversary of the passing of Gustav Mahler by presenting his titanic Symphony No. 1—perhaps the greatest "first symphony” ever written. Mahler’s immense orchestra delivers both intimacy and overwhelming power.

Ms. Hsu was named a 2011 Pathmaker by the Denver Post. "Who will be taking Colorado forward this year and beyond? We're betting on these seven faces..."  Read more

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Presents “Opening Night: Genius & Power” (press release)

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FREE Musical Insights:
10 AM -
SuperListening Club
with Don Campbell, Macky Auditorium Room 102
6:30 PM - Pre-Concert Talk
Larry Worster, Boulder Bach Festival
Steven Bruns, Colorado Mahlerfest
Don Campbell, moderator
Macky Auditorium

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Hsing-ay Hsu

Since making her stage debut at age 4, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and abroad in Asia and Europe.

Upon entering her freshman year at Juilliard, she won the William Kapell International Piano Competition silver medal. Hsu was also winner of the Ima Hogg National Competition First Prize, the prestigious Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award, a McCrane Foundation Artist Grant, a Paul & Daisy Soros Graduate Fellowship Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award. She was also named a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts by President Clinton at the White House.

A versatile concerto soloist performing Bach to Barber, she is described by the Washington Post as full of “power, authority, and self-assurance.” Concerto collaborations include the Houston Symphony Orchestra as first-prize winner of the 2003 Ima Hogg National Competition, the Baltimore Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, Pacific Symphony(CA), Colorado Springs, Florida West Coast, Fort Collins, New Jersey, Waterbury(CT), China National, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen orchestras. Television and radio feature broadcasts include Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Live from Tanglewood (for a 10,000+ live audience members and 3.9 million broadcast audience), NPR’s Performance Today with Martin Goldsmith, TCI cablevision’s Grand Piano Recital (CA), CPR’s Colorado Spotlight, China Central National TV, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, and Danish National Radio. She has recorded CD/DVD’s for Pacific Records, Albany Records, and Nutmeg Press labels.

Ms. Hsu, a dedicated educator and frequent adjudicator, gives masterclasses and seminars at various institutions such as the University of Denver, and has been visiting piano faculty at Ohio University and the University of Colorado. She is currently the Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music Series at the University of Colorado in Boulder and piano faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Ms. Hsu is a Steinway Artist and resides in Colorado with her husband, composer Daniel Kellogg, and one daughter. Her concert schedule and recordings are available at