P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Hsing-ay Hsu, 1999

Concert Pianist/Teacher/Consultant, Steinway Artist

Hsing-ay Hsu is an immigrant from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MM in Piano Performance at Yale University

Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu (“Sing-I Shoo”) joyfully shares the power of concert piano music to bring multidimensional awareness and to weave a rich cultural fabric. Ms. Hsu empowers lifelong learners to find transformational pathways through the music she performs, stressing that creativity is essential to living life fully.

Since her stage debut at the age of four, Chinese pianist Hsing-ay Hsu has been performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and internationally in Asia and Europe. Her thoughtful and passionate interpretations have won her international recognition, including the Juilliard William Petschek Debut Award, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Ima Hogg National Competition first-prize, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award from President Clinton, among others. She has been featured on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, NPR's Performance Today, Chinese National Television, and Danish Public Radio. Concerto highlights include the Baltimore, China National, Colorado, Houston, New Jersey, Pacific, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. Solo recordings on Pacific Records and Albany Records have won critical acclaim.

Always interested in innovative programming, she has produced multi-venue projects focused on a specific composer or theme, and collaborated with dance companies, jazz artists, museums, and multi-media projects. 

Until recently, she was Artistic Director for Pendulum New Music at CU-Boulder. She has been visiting piano faculty at various universities, and lectures at events including a recent MTNA national convention. With a studio of prize-winning students, she gives masterclasses, adjudicates, and presents her original Conscious Listening™ series to share her artistic discoveries at such festivals as Chautauqua New York, Int'l Keyboard Oddysiad, and Rocky Ridge Adult Piano Seminars.

Born in Beijing, Ms. Hsu studied piano with her parents and uncle Fei-Ping Hsu, Herbert Stessin at Juilliard, and Claude Frank at Yale. She also studies dance and improv to advance her piano teaching. Ms. Hsu, a Steinway Artist, is moving to New York City with her husband, composer Daniel Kellogg who is the new president of Young Concert Artists. They have one daughter. 

During the pandemic, Ms. Hsu expanded her online offerings to include virtual hybrid intensive classes, a listening Café, a hi-def recital event, and regular Youtube channel premieres through her "Nutmeg Studio NYC". Current creative projects include a live webinar series connecting arts, health, and education for Yale China Association, and an online event for NY Adventure Club. Concert/seminar info and media can be found at www.hsingayhsu.com.

  • MM Piano Performance | Yale University 2001
  • BM Piano Performance | The Juilliard School 1999
Work History
  • Steinway Artist, Concert Pianist/Teacher/Consultant
  • Pendulum New Music at University of Colorado- Boulder, Artistic Director | August 2005 - May 2019
  • Nutmeg Studio NYC, Music Services/Lessons/Coaching
  • Conscious Listening Music Seminars, Creator and Teacher
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