Thursday, January 29, 2009JOHNSON CITY – New York Philharmonic violinist Kuan Cheng Lu will join East Tennessee State University pianist Dr. Chih-Long Hu in a Guest Artist/Faculty Recital on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in ETSU’s Mathes Hall.
A native of Taiwan, Lu has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the top prize in the Taiwan National Violin Competition, first prize in the American String Teachers Association competition, the Raphael Bronstein Award, and the Taiwan Chi-Mei Corporation’s Outstanding Young Artist Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College and his master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, and has served as concertmaster of numerous orchestras and ensembles. He joined the New York Philharmonic at the beginning of the 2004-05 season.
Hu, who holds a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan, has earned many honors, including winning the Taipei (China) Philharmonic Piano Competition, the National Taipei Concert Hall Arising Stars and the Chi-Mei Young Artist Award. He recently took fifth place at the first Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan out of 306 pianists from 25 countries, followed by second place at the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, Calif.
Hu has performed as soloist with orchestras in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Andorra, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, and the U.S. He joined the ETSU faculty in August 2006.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call (423) 439-4276.