Hsiang John Tu

Classical Pianist, performer and teacher

The New York Times has praised the “eloquent sensitivity” in pianist Hsiang John Tu’s performance. 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 in 2004, and he returned to the same venue in 2013 as a soloist with the World Civic Orchestra. A recipient of Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Juilliard, Dr. Tu has held adjunct teaching positions at Utah Valley University and Snow College prior to his appointment as Lecturer in Music (Piano) at University of New Hampshire.


Dr. Tu began his study at the Juilliard School in 2002, where he also earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, with Jerome Lowenthal. During this time, he won second prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, third at the Texas Kingsville International Piano Concerto Competition, and was invited by the Taiwanese government to give concerts and radio interviews throughout the island, which concluded with a recital at the Taiwan National Recital Hall.


Recently, Dr. Tu captured the Leschetisky Prize at the American Pederewski Piano Competition and third prize at the Iowa International Piano Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake George Chamber Orchestra, Snow College Orchestra,  Boston University Symphonic Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been presented in recitals by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, and the Banff Centre in Canada, where he has done a six-month residency.  


As an active and much-in-demand chamber musician, Dr. Tu has collaborated with faculty members of the Juilliard School, New York University, Brigham Young University, and musicians from New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Utah Symphony. He premiered new chamber works in the Summergarden concert series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and collaborated in sold-out performances at the Joyce Theater in NYC with the renowned modern dance company Rioult. 


As a teacher, Dr. Tu had given master classes at University of Southern California, Loyola University New Orleans, and Colorado Mesa University, and he has adjudicated in the Creative Pianist Festival in Denver and SummerArts Competition at University of Utah. Dr. Tu has given presentations on 20th-century piano études, how to practice efficiently, and how to listen to jazz as a classical musician, and his doctoral thesis focuses on the piano works of Roberto Sierra.


After winning Taiwan’s National Youth Piano Competition as a teenager, Dr. Tu moved to the U.S. and studied with HaeSun Paik and Hung-Kuan Chen at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Dr. Tu then continued with Mr. Chen at Boston University and the University of Calgary, earning a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and winning the Canadian Music Festival Competition in 2002.  He remains an avid Red Sox fan and loves to cook for friends in his spare time.