Born in Taiwan, Sheng-Ching Hsu was six years old when she made her first public appearance as a violinist and a pianist at the National Cheng-Kung University. She has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Chile), Remonstrantse Kerk in Alkmaar (The Netherlands), Théâtre de l'Île-Saint-Louis (Paris), and National Recital Hall (Taiwan). Last season saw performances in Carnegie Hall, the Bohemian Consulate (New York), National Recital Hall (Taiwan), as well as part of the inaugural Lincoln Center Stage Piano Quintet on Holland America’s newest cruise ship, the ms Koningsdam, which the company presented in partnership with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2019-20 season, her engagements include returning to Lincoln Center Stage on ms Koningsdam and ms Zuiderdam, performing with the California Symphony, as well as chamber concert “Quelque pas au milieu de l’Atlantique” in Paris and more.

 

Sheng-Ching has won numerous competitions, including the Flushing Young Artist Competition, the Asia Pacific Cup Music Competition, the Tainan Music Association Competition, the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center Competition and the National Tainan Senior High School Concerto Competition. In 2001, Sheng-Ching was the youngest participant and winner of the Tainan National Music Competition; she won the composition category a year later. Sheng-Ching’s exceptional talent has led her to stages throughout Asia and attracted the attention of Yamaha and Kawai. She is a scholarship recipient of both companies.

 

Sheng-Ching enjoys playing solo, chamber and orchestral music. She recently completed a successful duo tour of Taiwan with pianist Gustavo Miranda-Bernales, as well as performances with the Emerson Quartet and pianist Daniel Epstein. She has appeared as a chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Hershey Theatre and the Consulate General of India in New York, among others. Sheng-Ching is a member of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and Concerts on the Slope, in which many of her performances were featured in WWFM Classical. She has served as principal violinist of Stony Brook Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra and Queensboro Symphony Orchestra. Her other orchestral experiences include California Symphony, Tainan City Orchestra and the ChiMei Orchestra’s tour of China and Taiwan. Sheng-Ching has given solo recitals in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, and has performed with Ensemble 212 and Old York Road Symphony as a soloist.

 

In addition to her work as a violinist, Sheng-Ching is also a music arranger. She arranges a wide variety of music, including classical, film, popular and gospel, and has worked with ensembles such as the Amphion String Quartet, the Lincoln Center Stage Quintet and the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra; events such as New York Fashion Week, Times Square Flash Mob, and the annual concert at the

Carnegie Weill Recital Hall of Manhasset School of Music. Teaching is also one of her passions, which has led to her coaching chamber music at Stony Brook University, leading the Great Youth Symphony in Staten Island and serving as both violin and piano instructor at Angeles Academy of MUsic and Manhasset School of Music, in addition to her private studio in Los Angeles.

 

Sheng-Ching studied in the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she served as the concertmaster of the Pre-College Orchestra, and studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Her former teachers include Yu-Wen Chen, Shirley Givens, I-Chen Wang and Li-Wen Wang. She has participated masterclasses given by Victor Denchanko, Jeremy Denk, Nacham Erlich, Mikhail Kopelman, Soovin Kim and Joseph Silverstein. Sheng-Ching earned her Bachelor of Music Degree on scholarship from the Mannes College of Music, studying with Aaron Rosand and Christina Khimm. She then graduated from The Juilliard School with a Master’s Degree under the instruction of Catherine Cho, with the generous support of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. She recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Philip Setzer and Arnaud Sussman. Sheng-Ching would like to express her gratitude towards the CHIMEI foundation in Taiwan for sponsoring her instruments throughout her studies.

 © 2017 S-C Hsu

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