Hsiang John Tu

Classical Pianist

The New York Times has praised the “eloquent sensitivity” in pianist Hsiang John Tu’s performance. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Tu debuted in New York at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, and he returned to the same venue in 2013 as a soloist with the World Civic Orchestra. A recipient of the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Juilliard, Hsiang will begin his new appointment as an Assistant Professor in Piano at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2019.


Since 2018, Mr. Tu has embarked upon a four-recital series comprising the complete piano-solo works by Debussy. The fourth and final recital will take place in 2020. Hsiang’s love of thematic programming has resulted in recitals featuring all animal-themed music and all Opus-1 compositions. As an active chamber musician, Hsiang has premiered new chamber works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and collaborated in sold-out performances at the Joyce Theater in NYC with the renowned modern dance company Rioult. His other collaboration partners have included members from top orchestras in New York, New England, and Utah.

Mr. Tu was prize winners at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Texas Kingsville International Piano Concerto Competition, and the American Paderewski Piano Competition. Hsiang 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, the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony and Symphony 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, the Banff Centre in Canada, and the Park City Music Festival.  

Mr. Tu has given master classes at Cardiff University in Wales, University of Southern California, Penn State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Utah Valley University, and Colorado Mesa University, and he has adjudicated in the NHMTA Fall Competition, US International Music Competition of the Chinese Music Teachers' Associations of Northern California, US New Star Piano Competition, and SummerArts Competition at University of Utah. Hsiang was a Lecturer in Music at the University of New Hampshire from 2016-2019 and held adjunct positions at Utah Valley University and Snow College. 

After winning Taiwan’s National Youth Piano Competition as a teenager, Mr. Tu moved to the U.S. and studied with HaeSun Paik and Hung-Kuan Chen at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Hsiang 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. Thereafter, he studied at the Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal, earning a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in addition to the DMA.


An avid baseball fan and foodie, Mr. Tu enjoys fantasy baseball, cooking, and visiting breweries.