Bachauer concert series
Apr 29, 2022 : 7:30 pm
Session 115
The Ivory Menagerie

Pianist Hsiang Tu presents a delightful collection of works from the animal kingdom.  Bestiary on Ivory offers a wide-ranging collection from Bolcom and Bartok, through Schumann and Saint-Saens.  Hsiang Tu was winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and is currently Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech.

Hsiang Tu
Praised by The New York Times for his "eloquent sensitivity," The Boston Intelligencer for his "impeccable technique," and Fanfare for his “chameleon-like ability to move between the composers,” pianist Hsiang Tu has graced the audience with his creative programming and wide range of repertoire. Hsiang is currently working on the complete cycles of piano solo works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music and opus-one compositions. 

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Tu has performed twice as concerto soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and appeared in venues all over the world, including the National Museum Cardiff, National Recital Hall in Taipei, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition and a prizewinner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the American Paderewski Piano Competition, and the Iowa International Piano Competition, Tu has appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the World Civic Orchestra, among others.

A successful and dedicated teacher, Tu has given masterclasses at Cardiff University, University of Southern California, Penn State University, Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division, Loyola University New Orleans, Utah Valley University, Colorado Mesa University, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His students have won state-wide competitions and been admitted to top graduate schools in the U.S. Tu has also adjudicated in state-wide MTNA competitions in New Hampshire and Virginia, U.S. International Music Competition of the Chinese Music Teachers' Associations of Northern California, East Carolina University’s Young Artist Competition, U.S. New Star Piano Competition, and SummerArts Competition at the University of Utah.

Before being appointed as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts in 2019, Dr. Tu taught at the University of New Hampshire, Utah Valley University, and Snow College in Utah. He studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, and HaeSun Paik, and holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. An avid baseball fan and foodie, Dr. Tu enjoys fantasy baseball, cooking, visiting breweries, and building Lego sets. His debut solo CD, “Bestiary on Ivory,” has been released by Bridge Records in October 2020.
Camille Saint-Saëns

Le Cygne (The Swan) [Transcription by Leopold Godowsky]

Claude Debussy

Poissons d'or (Goldfish)

Olivier Messiaen

La Colombe (The Dove) from Preludes for piano


Le Loriot (The Golden Oriole) from Catalogue d'oiseaux

Enrique Granados

Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor (The Maiden and the Nightingale)

Maurice Ravel

Noctuelles (Night Moths)

William Bolcom

Butterflies, hummingbirds

Béla Bartók

From the Diary of a Fly


The Night's Music & The Chase (from Out of Doors)

Robert Schumann

Vogel als Prophet (Bird as Prophet)

Franz Liszt

St. Francis of Assisi - The Sermon to the Birds

Heitor Villa-Lobos

O Boizinho de chumbo (The Little Lead Bull)

Henry Cowell


William Bolcom

Tabby Cat Walk


The Serpent's Kiss - Rag Fantasy

Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov

The Flight of the Bumblebee (Transcription by Sergei Rachmaninov)

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