Ashley Hsu

Musical Studies

Pianist Ashley Hsu is an accomplished solo and chamber musician. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Hsu is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Gary Graffman and Meng-Chieh Liu.

Ms. Hsu has won many awards, including first prizes at the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s statewide solo and concerto competitions and the Young Pianists’ Competition of the American Beethoven Society, second prize at the 2009 Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition, and a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States.

She has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Palo Alto and Golden Gate philharmonics, the El Camino Youth Symphony, and the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra; and has performed in concerts in California, Arizona, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hsu holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Columbia University and previously studied at the Juilliard School. She enjoys exploring the connections among the arts, and has developed a concert series called In Conversation that bridges literature and music, creating a cohesive artistic and performance experience. Her two brothers are also pianists, and they frequently collaborate on music for two or three pianos. Ms. Hsu joined the Curtis faculty in 2018.