“Steinway is a way of life. More than just a piano, but an extension of my musical soul. It is what makes my art possible.”
Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet… [with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” American pianist Daniel Hsu is recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel began taking piano lessons at age 6 with Larisa Kagan. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 10, along with his two older siblings. He quickly gained international recognition and accolades: bronze medal at the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, and bronze medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he also took home prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music. He has made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Carnegie Hall as part of the CAG Winners Series at Weill Recital Hall, and appeared in recitals at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Vancouver Recital Society, and Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as well as in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Pittsburgh, and New York. A sensitive and keen collaborator, Daniel has performed with the Tokyo, North Carolina, Grand Rapids, Anchorage, New Haven, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, working alongside conductors Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan, Cristian Măcelaru, Ruth Reinhardt, Marcelo Lehninger, Eugene Tzigane, and Stilian Kirov. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debuts with the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra with Gemma New, Jacksonville Symphony with Courtney Lewis, and Pacific Symphony with Carl St. Clair. He has joined Curtis on Tour throughout Europe, performs regularly with the Verona Quartet and in duo piano with his brother, Andrew, and appears frequently in chamber music festivals. Ever curious and eager to explore, Daniel worked with Fort Worth rapper Lou Charle$ and singer-songwriter-guitarist Averi Burke to develop and release the single “Free”—which they brought to South by Southwest in spring 2022. Decca Gold released Daniel’s first album featuring live recordings from the Cliburn Competition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, op. 110, as well as his awardwinning performance of Marc-André Hamelin’s Toccata on “L’homme armé.” He has also been featured in interviews and performances for WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, and Colorado Public Radio, and was profiled as one to watch by International Piano magazine. Now 25 years old, Daniel graduated from Curtis in spring 2019, where he studied with Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, and Eleanor Sokoloff. He is a Marvel film buff and enjoys programming—he contributed to the creation of Workflow (now known as Siri Shortcuts), which won the 2015 Apple Design Award and was acquired by the tech giant in 2017. Daniel Hsu is a Steinway Artist.