The German Consulate General of New York presents the concert for GetClassical In School’s mission: Inspired by the German based Rhapsody in School initiative, GetClassical In School brings charismatic performing artists to New York classrooms. Sparking the imagination and priming young students’ ears to classical music – through an utmost personal encounter – the class is then invited to attend a concert performance by the artist.
Founded by music journalist and concert curator Ilona Oltuski, GetClassical In School brings the successful concept to New York City, and beyond. This event offers a platform to kick off GetClassical In School efforts in support of classical music appreciation, connecting participating artists and educators.
GetClassical proudly presents the gifted pianist, 2008 Rubinstein competition winner and PYPA Festival founder/artistic director Ching-Yun Hu in concert (7pm-8pm). Featured onstage interview (8pm) with Jonathan Eifert, PR., introducing the artist and her participation with GetClassical In School.
Schumann/Liszt Lieder transcription “Widmung”
Schubert/Liszt Lieder transcriptions
“Auf dem Wasser zu Singen”
Chopin Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op 58
Alkan Aesop’s Feast, Op. 39, No. 12
Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36 (1931)
GetClassical in School is a liaison between artists and schools. The concert at the German Consulate is a generous endorsement of GetClassical In School’s mission, supported by many of the finest international musicians and an artistic and pedagogical advisory board that includes the iconic pedagogue Gary Graffman, former Director of the Curtis Institute of Music, Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, Director of Gilmore Keyboard Festival and Awards and Gerard Schwarz, Artistic and Music Director, Palm Beach Symphony Distinguished Professor of Music, The Frost School of Music, among others.
“Ilona’s GetClassical is a very special platform for music lovers and musicians. You can always find out the latest highlights on the NY music scenes through her excellent articles. Her new efforts with GetClassical In School are tremendous. I have worked so beautifully with Ilona and looking forward for more!”
Ching-Yun Hu, concert pianist, educator, festival director PYPA.
Declared a “first-class talent” and praised for her “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), the distinguished Taiwanese-American pianist CHING-YUN HU is recognized and acclaimed worldwide for her dazzling technique, deeply probing musicality, and directly communicative performance style.
Ching-Yun Hu’s concert career has flourished with a host of engagements on five continents after winning the top prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she was also awarded the Audience Favorite Prize. Immediately after, she was engaged for a seven-city tour across Israel and a special invitation from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on only a week’s notice. A year later, she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.
Ching-Yun Hu’s 2018–2019 season highlights include performances in Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Beijing and Bogotá. She gave the Asia premiere of Red Cliff, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Yiu-kwong Chung and the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, following the concerto’s world premiere with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Dirk Brosse. She is heard in return engagements with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. She returns to Colombia for a residence at the Festival Internacional de Piano en Ibaque. She also embarks on an eight-city tour of China–“Ching-Yun Hu’s Silk Road Project”. Ching-Yun Hu released her latest solo album, “Ching-Yun Hu: Rachmaninoff”, in Spring of 2018. A collaboration with Philadelphia’s WRTI radio, her album received critical acclaims. The Pianist Magazine gave it “5 stars” and proclaimed it “essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers.”
A native of Taipei, Ms. Hu made her concerto debut at the age of 13 on a tour in Japan and Taiwan. One year later, she moved to the United States to continue her musical studies at The Juilliard School, working with Herbert Stessin. She worked with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and received additional guidance from Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling in Germany.
In addition to performing, Ms. Hu is a keen advocate for the promotion of classical music. She founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei in 2012, and thePhiladelphia Young Pianists’ Academy(PYPA) in 2013. Now onto it’s 7th year, PYPA has blossomed into one of the most highly-anticipated summer piano festivals on the East Coast encompassing intensive master classes and public concerts featuring internationally celebrated pianists. The accompanying guest lecture series led by music industry executives offers insight to students and the local community.
Ching-Yun Hu serves on the piano faculty of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Philadelphia’s Temple University. She is a visiting professor at the Shenzhen Arts School and an honorary artist of the Henan Cultural Center in China. Ching-Yun Hu is a Steinway Artist.Full bio.
Music Journalist and concert curator Ilona Oltuski, Ph.D., was born in Berlin, grew up in Germany and lives in New York City, were she became an avid voice within classical music scene. With the new initiative GetClassical In School, she builds a liaison between artists who will share their talent, expertise and enthusiasm through informal encounters and participating schools that want to spark their students’ interest and broaden their horizon. Building on the momentum of that initial overture in school, the students are invited to attend a formal concert performance of their artist; geared to heighten the experience and leave a lasting impression, despite the lack of sufficient music education in schools and appreciation for classical culture.