Chih-Long Hu, piano
A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu‘s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs International De Piano D’Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, California. An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performance highlights include concerto performances of Rachamninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2, and solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the US. Hu’s performances have been televised in Taiwan, China, and Japan and broadcast in “Performance Today” through NPR stations across the country. His CD albums “Formosa Caprices,” “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux,” and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be released soon. Named “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, Dr. Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge national and international competitions. Hu is the Artistic Director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International (New Brunswick), as well as the New York International Piano Festival. Hu holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu has served on the faculty at East Tennessee State University, and was recently appointed as the Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano at the University of Tennessee where he began teaching in fall 2016.