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Park City Beethoven Festival welcomes pianist Hsiang John Tu

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Pianist Hsiang John Tu will perform the works of Debussey and Beethoven at two concerts this week.
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Park City Beethoven Festival: Pianist Hsiang John Tu 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 14 Cathedral of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City $25 for general admission and $20 for senior citizens and students beethovenfestivalparkcity.org

The 2019 Park City Beethoven Festival Concert Series begins this week with the Festival debut of award-winning virtuoso pianist Hsiang John Tu.

Tu will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Cathedral of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 South in Salt Lake City, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $20 for seniors citizens and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased by visiting beethovenfestivalparkcity.org or at the door.

The concerts will feature solo piano works by Debussy as well as Tu’s collaborations with clarinetist Russell Harlow and violist Leslie Harlow, the Park City Beethoven Festival resident artists.

Those works will include the Debussy Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano and the “Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute” by Beethoven for clarinet and piano.

Other works will be announced during the performances.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Tu made his debut in New York at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as the winner of the prestigious Juilliard School Concerto Competition performing Chopin’s 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.

As a much-in-demand chamber musician, Tu has premiered new chamber works on the Summergarden Series at New York’s famed Museum of Modern Art and collaborated in sold-out performances at the Joyce Theater in NYC with the renowned modern dance company Rioult.

The pianist is currently presenting a four-recital series devoted to the complete solo piano works by Debussy, in celebration of the centennial passing of the great French master. Those highlights will be included in the Park City Beethoven Festival Concert Series performances.

Tu has also won prizes at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano, the Texas Kingsville International Piano Concerto and the American Paderewski Piano Competitions.

He has also performed 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 concerto soloist he has been featured artist performing with the Calgary Philharmonic, Lake George Chamber, Sioux City Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Snow College, Boston University Symphonic and the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.

The pianist has also 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.

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.

Tu held adjunct positions at New York University, Utah Valley Universit, and Snow College before his current appointment at University of New Hampshire (UNH).

After winning Taiwan’s National Youth Piano Competition as a teenager, Tu moved to the United States and studied with HaeSun Paik and Hung-Kuan Chen at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts.

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

The Park City Beethoven Festival is Utah’s oldest classical music festival, and it is presented by the non profit Park City Chamber Music Society, one of Park City’s oldest arts organizations.

Throughout its history the festival has brought outstanding solo artists together to perform in Park City. It now averages more than 35 concerts and outreach performances each season.