Ning-chih Hsu has been a virtuosic performer since a very young age. Her first European tour started as a pianist for her school choir at the age of 11, where she played on many beautiful Steinway pianos in major cities in the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Austria. The life of a musician has always been a fascination to her. Her violin playing was heard from the streets of Barcelona in Spain, Lake Como in Italy, Gold Coasts in Australia, Houston in Texas, to the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as many concert halls in the USA and Asia. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Hsu came to the USA to study music in 1994. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and her Master’s Degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. Among her teachers are the legendary Dorothy DeLay(1917-2002), Zvi Zeitlin, Oleh Krysa, and Cheng-Tu Su. Ms. Hsu received twice the Starling Violin Awards during her studies and won the concerto competitions at the Eastman School of Music and at Brevard Music Festival in 1998.
Ms. Hsu performed solo and chamber music concerts in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (NY), Sarasota Music Festival (FL), Music Academy of the West (CA), Brevard Music Festival (NC), Harvard University(MA), and studied with the members of the Cleveland, Fine Art, Juilliard, Ying, Orion, and La Salle Quartet. She performed in master classes for Itzhak Perlman, Alexander Schneider, Felix Galimir, James Buswell, Sylvia Rosenberg, Joseph Silverstein, Samuel Sanders, and Harvey Shapiro.
Ms. Hsu was a founding member of the Arcturus Ensemble (Boston),Taipei Melange Trio, and Music Embassador String Quartet (Taiwan). She served as concertmaster at the Jupiter Symphony in New York and Philharmonia Moments Musicaux in Taiwan. Her orchestral experiences include the New York String Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, Cosmopolitan Orchestra, New England Ensemble, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, and Asian Youth Orchestra. In 2009, She was invited to play in the Strait Peace Orchestra where musicians from major orchestras in China and Taiwan performed together in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and other cities.
As a violin teacher, Ms. Hsu has taught extensively in New York, Taiwan, and California. Her gift as a teacher inspired many students to appreciate the artistry of music. She is currently a new violin faculty at the University of St. Thomas, Music Preparatory School in Houston, TX.