Vera Hui-pin Hsu  許惠品    Conductor/Pianist

 

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Dr. Vera Hui-pin Hsu is a pianist and conductor and the winner of the 2009 International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Georgia, U.S.A. She studied piano with Prof. Martin Canin at Graduate Center, City University of New York where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She gave recitals and lecture concerts in China, Germany, Austria, Italy, Israel, U.S. and Taiwan. In 2017 and 2016, Vera gave piano workshops at NYU Shanghai and the University of Chicago, respectively. In 2015 January, Vera served as an Artist in Residence at the University of Haifa in Israel, during which she also held concerts and masterclasses in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She toured with the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel in 2012. Vera Hsu recorded Sung-jen Hsu’s piano concerto, “Pounding Rain,” as the soloist with Taiwan Philharmonic (aka National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan), and the album, available in Naxos Music Library, was issued by National CKS Cultural Center in the Voice of Taiwan series.

As a pianist, Vera Hsu engages in a wide range of musical activities beyond solo performances. In the capacity of orchestral pianist and rehearsal pianist, Vera has collaborated with the Taiwan Philharmonic regularly since 2011: performing in all kinds of concerts; participating in the recordings of Taiwanese contemporary compositions (including a nationally televised world premiere); serving as a rehearsal pianists for operas and vocal-related symphonic works, such as Die Walküre, Salome, Fidelio, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Vera Hsu is also an avid chamber music performer. She has premiered several Taiwanese contemporary compositions in New York City, including Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall). In recent years, Vera Hsu has performed music for piano duos with Peiyao Wang, including premiering John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction (with a solo dancer), Brahms’ Symphonies (two-piano versions), and Arnold Bax’s compositions for two pianos in Taiwan. She and her duo partner also commissioned young composers to compose piano four-hand pieces for them. Dr. Hsu also performs regularly with singers and string players and works with singers in opera productions such as ZHOU Long’s Madame White Snake and YU Chang-Fa’s Hakka opera.

Vera Hsu’s talents as a conductor have led to performances with many different ensembles. She was the conductor of Crescendo Ensemble Taiwan in 2013–2016. Hsu served as the guest assistant conductor of Taiwan Philharmonic in its 2013 Europe tour in Paris, Berlin, Milan, and Geneva, and several subscription concerts in 2014. In 2015, Vera conducted the Conservatory Orchestra at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance for the world premiere of Sinfonietta, a contemporary Taiwanese composition. She conducted in the opera studio at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2011–2012. She debuted with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in its Young People’s concert, and served as Chorus Master at Chelsea Opera, NYC, in 2008, and, from 2001–2005, as music director for the Chi-Yen Symphony Orchestra, the Shin-Lin Chamber Orchestra, the Da-Guan, the Nan-Ping, and the Shih-Pie Youth Orchestras, as well as principal conductor of two other youth orchestras. She conducts standard orchestral repertoire but takes particular pleasure in promoting and featuring new compositions by contemporary Taiwanese composers. From 2001 to 2003, she served as an assistant conductor in the Orchestra of Taipei National University of Arts where she earned her M.A. degree in conducting.

In 2004, Vera Hsu was the sole choice to conduct in Maestro Seiji Ozawa’s master class in Taiwan. While living in New York City, Vera Hsu continued her conducting studies with Adrian Gnam, John Farrer, Daniel Lewis, Donald Thulean, and Neil Thompson in various workshops. She was chosen as a runner-up at 2008 International Conductors’ Workshop.

Vera Hsu was sponsored by the prestigious three-year Taiwan Government Scholarship to pursue her doctoral degree at Graduate Center, City University of New York, where her outstanding achievements have also earned her the CUNY University Fellowship. Her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Norman Carey, examined the forms of British composer Frank Bridge’s three chamber works titled “Phantasy.”

Vera Hsu was born in Taipei City, Taiwan and began studying piano at 5 and violin at 6 years old. She currently lives with her family in Taiwan.

 

 

美國紐約市立大學(Graduate Center, CUNY)鋼琴演奏博士;臺北藝術大學管弦樂指揮碩士。於台灣、中國、德國、奧地利、義大利、美國、以色列等地舉辦過鋼琴獨奏會;以獨奏家身分與以色列海法交響樂團演出協奏曲;與指揮家簡文彬、國家交響樂團(NSO)錄製鋼琴協奏曲(於《樂典》系列中發行,並收錄於Naxos Music Library數位資料庫)。多次參與NSO樂季音樂會、講座音樂會演出;2013NSO歐洲巡迴音樂會之助理指揮。受邀於「兩廳院室內樂系列」中演出,擔任「兩廳院藝術講座宅急配」講師,於芝加哥大學音樂系、紐約大學上海校區舉辦鋼琴工作坊,擔任以色列海法大學音樂系短期駐校音樂家。

許惠品演出頻繁,獨奏之外,近年來亦熱衷於鋼琴合作藝術演出,包括持續與聲樂家合作演出,以及推出雙鋼琴音樂會。擔任多齣歌劇之鋼琴排練,包括NSO製作之《莎樂美》、《費黛里歐》、《鼠際大戰》,臺中國家歌劇院製作之《女武神》,周龍《白蛇傳》,游昌發《三玉奇緣》(世界首演)等。

自幼學習鋼琴、小提琴,畢業於秀山國小音樂班、師大附中國中部、高中部音樂班、臺北藝術大學音樂系。鋼琴師事陳泰成、高國香、彭聖錦、周蓮芬教授;小提琴師事陳秋盛、高安香、李純仁、李麗淑教授。以教育部「公費留學」三年全額獎學金,與CUNYUniversity Fellowship 獎學金,攻讀鋼琴演奏博士學位,師從茱莉亞音樂院名師Martin Canin教授。

指揮學習由國內名指揮陳秋盛啟蒙;大學時隨張佳韻教授學習指揮;就讀北藝大碩士班期間,受業於徐頌仁教授。2001年至2005年間,擔任台大杏林室內樂團、奇岩室內樂團、多所中小學音樂班管弦樂團指揮,多次帶領樂團巡迴台灣各地及離島演出,並積極協助發表台灣當代音樂作品。2004年為指揮大師 Seiji Ozawa(小澤征爾)於台灣舉辦的指揮大師班中,唯一接受指導之學生。旅美期間,曾獲聘為紐約市Chelsea Opera助理指揮與合唱指導。2009年獲於美國喬治亞洲舉辦之International Conductors Workshop and Competition 第一名優勝(該比賽之最高獎項),曾指揮美國Macon Symphony Orchestra、以色列Conservatory Orchestra of Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance演出。

現與家人定居台北,亦投身教學工作,指導學生與室內樂團隊,屢獲佳績。現任輔仁大學音樂系鋼琴兼任助理教授。