“Only a Steinway's rich, warm and powerful sound can grant me the boundless freedom to express myself!”
A "first-class talent" (Philadelphia Inquirer) possessing a "superstar quality" (Jerusalem Post), Taiwanese American pianist Ching-Yun has built an illustrious career as a soloist, educator, and entrepreneur. Winner of top prizes at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition, she's been praised by audiences and critics across the globe for dazzling virtuosity and magnetic stage presence.
With a dedication to making classical music more accessible, Ching-Yun presents captivating programs that tell powerful human stories inclusive of gender and race, often juxtaposing audience favorites with underperformed treasures and new commissions. She has performed sold-out concerts at many of the world's most prestigious venues — including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, and Osaka's Symphony Hall — and concerto engagements have included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Taiwan Philharmonic.
An active recording artist, her debut album, Ching-Yun Hu Plays Chopin, was named Best Classical Album of the Year by Taiwan's prestigious Golden Melody Award, and 2019's Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff was hailed as "essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers" by Pianist magazine.
Ching-Yun is the founder of the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei and the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA). Now in its 11th year, PYPA provides opportunities for young pianists to become professional musicians while serving as an important bridge of cultural partnerships between West and East.
A Steinway Artist, Ching-Yun serves as artist in residence and piano faculty at Temple University. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Germany's Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media, where she studied with Herbert Stessin, Sergei Babayan, and Karl-Heinz Kammerling, respectively. www.chingyunhu.com