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Esther Liao Piano Concert in Fort Bend Music Center[11/27/2011]


BY Alex Wang [ November 08, 2011 at 01:35:28 ]

Esther Liao Piano Concert
in
Fort Bend Music Center
2pm-4pm, Nov. 27, 2011

Esther would like to dedicate this recital to Feiping Hsu in memory of him on this speical date of November 27, 2001

Pianist Fei-Ping Hsu

Reviews

He hit the elusive combination of fire and delicacy.
-- NEW YORK TIMES

A commanding athleticism born of grace and agility.
-- THE WASHINGTON POST

Marvelous displays of technical virtuosity and musicianship.
-- SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

His performance seemed like small pearls attached, one after another, onto a long string of musical sensitivity and dazzling technique.
-- AL HA MISHMAR, ISRAEL

His audience was intoxicated and captivated by the beauty of sound that poured from his fingers. Here was a plentiful supply of poetry, humor and dazzling finger work.
-- THE HONG KONG STANDARD

Biography

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 made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1983 and has since performed throughout the United States, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He also frequently toured Europe, South America, and the Far East. Mr. Hsu was especially noted for the sensitivity, brilliance, and poetry in his interpretations.”

Mr. Hsu was born on the island of Gulangyu in southeast China. As the youngest son of a Christian pastor, he grew up singing hymns while his mother played on a missionary’s upright piano. One day when she was sick, five-year-old Fei-Ping went to the piano and played the hymns by ear. The family realized his great talent and began encouraging his music. When he was eight years old, he had a rare opportunity to meet Professor Ji-sen Fan, the head of the piano department of the Shanghai Conservatory, and recognized as a child prodigy. 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. Unfortunately, he was not allowed to accept this invitation because of the advent of the Cultural Revolution in China. However, he survived the labor camps and became well known in China and toured extensively throughout the Far East as a soloist with the Central Philharmonic which is the top national orchestra.

In 1979, Fei-Ping Hsu miraculously received permission to study in the United States. He first entered the Eastman School of Music, and then the Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Sascha Gorodnitzki. He has received international acclaim ever since, performing in Germany, France, Andorra, Switzerland, and Italy. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Moscow Philharmonic, the Finnish Tempere Symphony Orchestra, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, and in countless international festivals. Mr. Hsu was also in demand in his native Asia, where his concerto collaborations include the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Columbia Records, RCA Victor Records, Hugo Records, ROI Productions, M-A Recordings in Japan.

Fei-Ping Hsu’s life was cut short by a fatal auto accident on November 27, 2001, while on a concert tour in China. May the beauty of his performance last in our hearts forever.



Esther Liao’s Bio

Esther began learning piano from her mother at the age of four. As she showed her thrilling piano talent at the age of six, she was introduced to Mr. Scott Holshouser, the principle keyboardist of the Houston Symphony. Soon, she became a prized winning pupil of Mr. Holshouser.

She made her orchestral debut at age 9 and has performed with the Houston Symphony, For Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony North of Houston after winning the Gold Medals of their respective competitions. Her awarded performance with the Houston Symphony for the 2010 “Salute to the Educators Concert” was broadcasted by the Houston KHUF 88.7 radio station. In April 2011, Esther won first place in the south central regional area 10th annual Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition and will perform with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as the soloist in 2012.

Her numerous recitals began at the Houston Kinsmen Church after she won the 2007 Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Scholarship for Child Piano Prodigies, and the Judge Special Award at the 2007 Kingsville International Piano Competition. Her solo performance appearances include the Houston Symphony Jones Hall, Houston Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Stude Concert Hall at Rice University, the International Festival of the Round Top Institute, the complete recitals at the Gulangyu Music Hall in Xiamen of China (2009 summer), and the Steinway Hall in New York (2010 summer).

Esther is now a freshman at the Bellaire High School. She just graduated from T. H. Rogers Middle School where she actively participated in her school orchestra, science and math enrichment classes. As an outstanding academic scholar, she has received state-level and grand-level recognition medals from the 2010 Duke University Talent Identification Program. She was also an avid Chess player and was awarded many trophies from state and national level chess tournaments.



T.H. Rogers student wins 1st place in symphony competition


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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:40 pm

Pianist Esther Liao, a 14-year old eighth-grader at T.H. Rogers Middle School, has won first place in The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 10th anniversary Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, the symphony announced Wednesday.

Liao, who resides in southwest Houston, performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, giving her a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to perform with the Dallas Symphony.

“Ms. Liao brought a level of subtlety and drama to the Liszt first piano concerto that is very rarely heard,” said Jamie Allen, the symphony’s director of education.

Liao began learning the piano from her mother at age four. Ms. Liao is the recipient of many awards, including the bronze, silver and gold medals in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition. Her orchestral debut came in 2006, at age nine, when she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major with the Houston Symphony.

Eight teenage finalists were selected through recorded submissions and performed 15 minutes of a concerto of their choice at the competition last Saturday. The winners were determined by a panel of judges, including Harrell, DSO Principal Cellist Christopher Adkins, DSO Senior Associate Concertmaster Gary Levinson and Guest Conductor Richard Egarr.

Established in 2001 by Harrell, a world renowned cellist, the competition is open to students ages 18 and under from the Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana, to identify and encourage the highest level of musical talent in the south central United States. Past winners have gone on to study music at such prominent institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.



A celebration of music education


Posted on March 1, 2010 by bwmconductor
(Original URL: http://houstonsymphonyblog.org/conductors-and-musicians/page/2/)


Esther Liao taking the Houston Symphony stage Image Credit: Jeff Fitlow

Most of us onstage at the Houston Symphony would tell you that we became musicians because, at some point in our early lives, we had a music teacher that made a huge impact on us. So it’s no surprise to learn that one of our favorite concerts each season is our annual Salute to Educators. This concert is designed as a celebration of local educators and students and their respective contributions to our community. In addition to honoring a handful of teachers onstage, we also showcase some of Houston’s finest student musicians.

This year’s concert was held just a couple weeks ago on Feb. 16, and contained three pieces, exactly like you’d find on a typical classical subscription concert: an overture and a concerto in the first half, followed by a symphony in the second. The primary difference between our Salute to Educators concert and a typical classical concert is not the repertoire performed, but who performs it.

As the opening work on any program sets the tone for the remainder of the evening, its selection and execution are incredibly important. This year, our opener was the early (and incredibly virtuosic) tone poem by Richard Strauss, Don Juan. Strauss wrote the piece when he was just 24, so it seemed an appropriate piece to play when celebrating young musicians and their teachers. The piece is notoriously difficult for orchestras and conductors alike, but is always a huge crowd-pleaser, and the Symphony really delivered with a sensational performance, getting the evening off to a phenomenal start.

While the opener appears just as it would on a classical program, the concerto is where differences begin to crop up: for our Salute to Educators concert, our soloist is not an internationally renowned classical music star (not yet, anyway), but homegrown, young talent from right here in Texas. The Houston Symphony holds its annual League Concerto Competition each January, which is open to Houston area students 18 years of age or younger, and the winner plays with us one year later on our Salute to Educators program. This year’s winner was a 13-year-old pianist named Esther Liao, who performed Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto. Considering that the age limit of this competition is 18, that Esther won when she was just 11 speaks very highly of her talent, but she proved herself more than worthy of her victory with a fantastic performance of the Mendelssohn. Both the audience and the orchestra loved her playing, and I couldn’t have enjoyed working with her more. Without question, this fine young pianist from right here in Houston has a very bright future ahead of her.

If performing with one local student is rewarding, performing with dozens of them is a real treat. For the large work on our Salute to Educators concerts, the Houston Symphony plays side-by-side with one of our Houston area youth orchestras; this season, we played with the Greater Houston Youth Orchestra. For these side-by-side performances, each youth orchestra member shares a stand with one of our Houston Symphony members while playing one of the great orchestral works of all time (in this case, Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony). This opportunity is totally invaluable for both the youth orchestra and the Houston Symphony: the youth orchestra members have the opportunity to play a world-class piece with a world-class orchestra, and the Symphony members have the opportunity to share all their accumulated knowledge and experience with the next generation of orchestral musicians, some of whom may eventually even play full-time with the Houston Symphony. Having both today’s and tomorrow’s musicians onstage together—and honoring the teachers who help make all these achievements possible—really is one of the great thrills of our season!





中国钢琴家许斐平出生福建厦门。五岁开始习琴,以「音乐神童」闻名,十二岁就能演奏全套萧邦练习曲,与上海交响乐团同台演出,并应邀在比利时伊丽莎白女皇御前献演。文革后,许斐平一九八二年获茱莉亚音乐学院珍娜巴候雅钢琴比赛首奖、八三年获以色列鲁宾斯坦国际钢琴大赛三奖,八四年再获西班牙波露玛奥西亚钢琴比赛奖项,为众人所敬重。许斐平早年曾为CBS及RCA唱片公司录制多张唱片,也录制过《黄河》和钢琴版《梁祝》协奏曲。许斐平于2001年11月因车祸丧生,这意外夺去了中国钢琴家佼佼者许斐平的生命。

殒于壮年的钢琴家许斐平


⊙许斐平钢琴⊙
2011年11月28日的深夜,从哈尔滨往齐齐哈尔的高速公路上,一辆拖车因缺油而抛锚。后方一辆载有四人的小包车,也许司机过于疲劳,似乎没有发现前面的抛锚车辆,以高速追撞上去。警方在现场没有发现刹车痕迹,小包车上的四个人当场殒命。

其中一位就是著名钢琴家许斐平。他们正赶往齐齐哈尔准备进行一场演奏会。许斐平的逝去,对缺乏青壮年钢琴家的大陆钢琴界是个严重损失。

许斐平和殷承宗一样,出身钢琴文化鼎盛的福建厦门。父亲是位牧师,母亲是教会司琴,从小耳濡目染,五岁开始习琴,很早就以「音乐神童」闻名。最为人津津乐道的传奇,是十二岁就能演奏全套萧邦练习曲,与上海交响乐团同台演出,并应邀在比利时伊丽莎白女皇御前献演。女皇听过赞不绝口,邀他到欧洲演出、进修,无奈遇到文革爆发而作罢。

文革后,许斐平演出事业一路亨通,一九八二年获茱莉亚音乐学院珍娜巴候雅钢琴比赛首奖、八三年获以色列鲁宾斯坦国际钢琴大赛三奖,八四年再获西班牙波露玛奥西亚钢琴比赛奖项。许斐平前有殷承宗、刘诗昆,后有孔祥东、李坚和其他青年音乐家,在琴坛居有中坚位置,为众人所敬重。 九○年代初曾来台湾演出,惜近年未曾再来,而今这位时值壮年的鲁宾斯坦大赛首奖得主已成绝响,令人欷嘘。

许斐平早年曾为CBS及RCA唱片公司录制多张唱片,也录制过《黄河》和钢琴版《梁祝》协奏曲。近年新录音则多出现在香港「龙音」唱片,代表作有贝多​​芬钢琴奏鸣曲集。


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