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 (Chopin Concerto No 1) , and he returned to the same venue in 2013 as a soloist in Brahms Concerto No. 1 with the World Civic Orchestra. A recipient of the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Juilliard, Mr. Tu has been a Lecturer in Music (Piano) at University of New Hampshire and director of the university's Piano Extension Program since 2016. He is currently the President-elect of the New Hampshire Music Teachers' Association. 


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 (organized by Chinese Music Teachers' Associations of Northern California), and SummerArts Competition at University of Utah. He held adjunct positions at New York University, Utah Valley University, and Snow College before his current appointment at University of New Hampshire (UNH). 


At UNH, Mr. Tu teaches studio piano lessons, piano pedagogy, piano literature, piano ensemble, and chamber music. He also oversees the operation of the Piano Extension Program, which is a student-teach program that provides affordable and high-quality lessons to the surrounding community. The program has a per-semester enrollment around 50 students. 


Mr. Tu has been the prize winner at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Texas Kingsville International Piano Concerto Competition, and the American Pederewski Piano Competition. Mr. Tu 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, Mr. Tu has  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. Since moving to New Hampshire in 2016, he has performed regularly with faculty of UNH and musicians and chamber groups in the surrounding area.  


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. Mr. 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. Thereafter, Mr. Tu studied at the Juilliard School  with Jerome Lowenthal, earning a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in addition to the DMA.


Upcoming projects include a four-recital series, from 2018 to 2019, devoted to the complete solo piano works by Debussy, in celebration of the centennial passing of the great French master.