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Hsiang Tu

Hsiang Tu, Assistant Professor of Piano

Hsiang Tu, Assistant Professor of Piano
Hsiang Tu, Assistant Professor of Piano

School of Performing Arts 
242 A Squires Student Center 
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5335 |

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 composers,” pianist Hsiang Tu has graced the audience with his thematic programs and broad range of repertoire. Dr. Tu is currently working on the complete cycle of piano solo works by Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he debuted in New York at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition and has performed in venues all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, National Museum Cardiff, and National Recital Hall in Taipei. 

A prize winner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, and the American Paderewski Piano Competition, Dr. Tu has appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and the World Civic Orchestra, among others. He has given masterclasses throughout the U.S., including the University of Southern California, Penn State University, and Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division.

Tu recently completed a short residency as a Visiting Professor at the University of Taipei and released an outreach video, "The Ivory Menagerie," on YouTube in collaboration with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation that features interviews and performances on animal-themed music in both English and Chinese

His debut solo CD on animal-themed music, Bestiary on Ivory, which The American Record Guide enthusiastically stated “Hsiang Tu plays with verve and poetic intensity, giving each creature its artistic due,” has recently been released by Bridge Records.

Before being appointed as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech in 2019, Dr. Tu taught at the University of New Hampshire, Utah Valley University, and Snow College. 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. For more info, please visit

  • Piano works of Claude Debussy
  • Piano works of Maurice Ravel
  • Piano works of Roberto Sierra
  • Piano works inspired by the animal kingdom
  • Instrumental accompanying
  • DMA in Piano Performance, The Juilliard School
  • MM in Piano Performance, The Juilliard School
  • BM in Piano Performance, The University of Calgary
  • Member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • Member of the College Music Society (CMS)
  • Winner, The Juilliard School Concerto Competition
  • 2nd Prize, The New Orleans International Piano Competition
  • 3rd Prize, The Iowa International Piano Competition
  • Leschetizky Prize, The American Paderewski Piano Competition

Journal Articles             

  • Score Editing: Ravel’s “Alborada del Gracioso” transcribed for Oboe & Piano, co-edited with Elaine Douvas, TrevCo Music Publishing (October 2020)
  •  “Katelyn Bouska, Miloslav Ištvan: Complete Piano Works.” College Music Symposium, Vol. 60, No. 1 (May, 2020).

Other Creative Works

  • CD Recording: "Bestiary on Ivory-Piano Music Inspired by the Animal Kingdom", Bridge Records (October 2020)
  • Chamber Music Recording: "Beethoven by Special Arrangement", with Sonolumina Ensemble (IsoMike, 2021)

Doctoral Thesis

  • “Tropicalization” of the Abstract: Roberto Sierra’s Works for Piano Solo, Two Pianos, and One Piano Four-hands (The Juilliard School, 2010).
  • Niles Faculty Research Grant, CLAHS, Fall 2019
  • New Faculty Mentoring Grant, Spring 2020
  • “Animal Style--Piano Music Inspired by the Animal Kingdom,” Lecture recital, Virginia Music Teachers Association (Fall 2020)
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