How long have you been playing piano?
I have been playing piano for over 18 years.
With a spontaneous vibrant personality and communicative artistry, 20-year-old pianist Xuesha Hu has recently won first prize both in the 2013 53rd Jefferson International Concerto Competition, Colorado, as well as the 2013 Lennox Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3.
Xuesha Hu was born in Ganzhou City, China, to a musical family. Starting piano lesson at the age of four, her talent soon blossomed when she won the Gold Medal at the 2003 China Pearl River Youth Piano Competition. Then at age 12, she embarked on a serious piano study with Xiaoxue Hu at the pre-college music school affiliated with the China Conservatory. Soon she achieved further success including the first prize of the 2007 MSCC “Dance with Black and White” Piano Competition; second prize of the 2009 Beijing International Piano Festival Concerto Competition; second prize in the 2010 Steinway & Sons China Regional Piano Competition; and first prize at the 2011 Oberlin Cooper International Piano Competition, China. Abroad, she was a finalist both at the 2008 Eastman Young Artists Competition, NY and the 2009 Liszt International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Weimar, Germany.
Xuesha Hu has had abundance of performing experience, and has given many concerts in various cities of China including the Yamaha Concert Hall in Beijing. In 2010, she was invited to perform at the Beijing Music Hall with prominent pianist Liu Shikun, himself a silver medalist of the First Tchaikovsky Competition. She also performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. During the year 2011, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Chinese-Austrian diplomatic relationship, she was invited to perform at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. In 2012, Xuesha was selected to appear with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Leon Fleisher.
Xuesha Hu is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the School of Music at Texas Christian University on a full scholarship, under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.