Conversations with the Artist: A Night at the Opera with Brian Hsu


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library

4747 W. Napoleon in Metairie

7:00 PM


On March 10, Dr. Brian Hsu will bring us opera transcriptions for the piano with A Night at the Opera at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library. Since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager, Brian Hsu has gone on to establish himself as pianist of great energy and unusual communicative ability. Critics have described his performances in superlatives, noting his “breadth of expression and technical ability.” He has won awards in numerous competitions and performed throughout the world, including in Spain, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and South Africa. U.S. performances include Boston, New York, West Palm Beach, Plano, Ann Arbor, New Haven, as well as many others. In addition to his competition successes, Dr. Hsu was the recipient of the Richard R. Levine Memorial Scholarship, Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship, China Trust Scholarship, and Jerome L. Greene Fellowship while at Juilliard.  He received the Englander Fellowship and Yale Music Alumni Fund Scholarship while studying at Yale University. He also has been fully supported by a Rackham Graduate Fellowship during his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hsu served as a staff accompanist at Yale University and University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, staff accompanist and chamber music coach at Eastern Music Festival, piano faculty at the McAlester Institute in Oklahoma, piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, he has served as schedule coordinator, staff pianist, faculty, and assistant to the director at Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy. He was also an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University and taught at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Hsu’s primary piano professors include Wha-Kyung Byun, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Peter Frankl and Logan Skelton. Additional studies have been with Da-Ming Zhu, John Kuo, Paul Schenly, Marc Durand, Dominique Weber, Arthur Greene, Robert Shannon, Ksenia Nosikova, Steven Spooner, John Perry, Aldo Ciccolini, He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale University, Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He is currently the assistant professor and keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans.

Sponsored by South Louisiana’s exclusive Steinway dealer, Hall Piano Company, A Night at the Opera is free and open to the public. The Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library is located at 4747 West Napoleon Avenue in Metairie.

Steve Kinchen, co-owner of Hall Piano Company, said, “In an economy where so many valuable music programs are being eliminated, Hall Piano is committed to bringing music education to our community and our region. The presentation is free and open to the public. Our hope is that this fun and inspiring evening will be enjoyed by young and old alike!”

Since 1958, Hall Piano Company has served families across South Louisiana and Mississippi. As South Louisiana’s exclusive Steinway & Sons dealer, their services include piano rentals and sales, acoustic and digital piano sales, piano lessons, and method books.

For additional information about Conversations with the Artist: A Night at the Opera with Dr. Brian Hsu or any other upcoming events, contact Emily McWilliams at or call 504.733.TUNE.