Mr HSU, Wei En
Associate Professor (Repetiteur)
BFA (Taipei National University of the Arts), MM (Juilliard/RAM)
Winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is now having a busy performing career throughout the States, Europe, and Asia. In recent years, Mr. Hsu has established himself as an early music specialist in Baroque opera and the art of recitative for pianists. At the same time, he has worked closely with living composers in his generation in promoting new music.
Mr. Hsu has worked as a repetiteur for One World Symphony, British Youth Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Amore Opera for their opera productions. He also has the abilities of coaching in Italian, German, French, English, Latin, as well as in Russian, Korean, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. His choral composition was premiered in Germany in summer 2006. Latest composition "Foster Medley for Pi-Pa Quartet" premiered in Taiwan in 2011.
Mr. Hsu is the winner of many awards, recently including Scott Huxley Piano Accompaniment Prize, Major Van Someren-Godfery Prize Accompaniment Award (2004), Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize Accompaniment Award, Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, Distinction Performance Award from RAM (2005), Sing for Hope Grant for Arts Activism and Community Outreach (2009), and the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition.
Mr. Hsu made his debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in March 2008. He was named the Stern Fellow in SongFest 2009. During the season 2009-2010, Mr. Hsu joins the Opera Company of Brooklyn Resident Artists as a pianist/coach/conductor. He serves as a vocal coaching faculty in SongFest 2010 and 2011. He is the Founder/Music Director for Pocket Opera of New York, and the Executive Director for Metropolitan International Music Festival.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Wei-En Hsu is an accomplished pianist, organist, conductor, repetiteur and composer. A native of Taiwan, he received his BFA degree in Piano at Taipei National University of the Arts, and was pleased to be the only candidate at Juilliard selected to Royal Academy of Music, London as an exchange student, studying with Malcolm Martineau and Aaron Shorr during 2004-05. While at Juilliard, he was a student of Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. In summer 2004, Mr. Hsu attended Music Academy of the West with the full scholarship under the instruction of Warren Jones. He has also been invited to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh for the Russian Song Masterclass with Sergei Leiferkus and Semion Skigin.
After his debut as a conductor for "Ariadne auf Naxos" at CCM, he has conducted "Cosi fan tutte", "The Magic Flute", "The Merry Widow", "Tosca", "La Traviata", "Le nozze di Figaro", "Hansel and Gretel" in New York metropolitan area.
Starting September 2012, Mr. Hsu takes the repetiteur position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His reputation as a vocal coach has opened his opportunity to be the consultant for the Chinese representative for the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
http://weienhsu.com (Personal Homepage)