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Fei-Ping Hsu (1952 - 2001, Pianist)
China pianist Fei-Ping Hsu was born in Fujian. As a child Hsu demonstrated a remarkable facility for playing by ear. By the time he was twelve years old, he already played the complete Chopin etudes and had performed with the Shanghai Philharmonic. At this time he was invited to perform by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, who was so impressed with his talent that she personally invited Mr. Hsu to study and perform in Europe. In 1979, Fei-Ping Hsu went to study in the United States. He entered the Eastman School of Music, and then the Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Sascha Gorodnitzki. As well as being an exponent of Western classical music, Hsu will also be remembered as a champion of the music of Huang An-Lun.
He was killed in a road accident while on tour in China in 2001.
Pianist Fei-Ping Hsu was one of the most important Chinese pianists to emerge in the 20th century. He was a Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the first pianist in the competition’s history from the People’s Republic of China. He has also garnered top prizes in many other international competitions including the Gina Bachauer Memorial Piano Scholarship Competition, the University of Maryland International Competition, and the Paloma O’Shea International Competition (Spain). Mr. Hsu was especially noted for the sensitivity, brilliance, and poetry in his interpretations. Fei-ping Hsu plays Piano Sonata 'Moonlight', 'Pathetique', 'Appassionata' and 'Für Elise' in this album superbly, fully showcasing his artistry.