LCC Presents Daniel Hsu – Cliburn Competition pianist

Published on August 23, 2022

Daniel Hsu performs on stage. Photo Credit: Ralph Lauer, The Cliburn.

Aug. 22, 2022Daniel Hsu, Cliburn Competition pianist, opens the 2022-2023 season at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, with a bold, poetic piano performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.  Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet … [with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” Hsu is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Hsu began piano studies at age 6, was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 10 and was awarded the bronze medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at age 19. His musical prowess extended beyond the keyboard to merge with tech savvy to win the 2015 Apple Design Award for contributions to the Workflow (now Shortcuts) productivity app, bringing a better mobile experience for visually impaired users.

A sensitive and keen collaborator, Hsu has performed with esteemed symphonies, conductors, and chamber orchestras in the United States and abroad and was profiled as one to watch by International Piano magazine. His debut in Boston at Jordan Hall in 2019 was hailed as a “powerful, thoughtful, and sensitive program … This deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning mastery of technical difficulties,” Boston Musical Intelligencer said.

Hsu appears during the Lakewood Cultural Center Presents series by arrangement with the Cliburn. The evening program features Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110, which he performed during his preliminary recital at the Cliburn Competition and is included on his first album. Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, S. 178 and Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15 complete the program.

Tickets for LCC Presents Daniel Hsu start at $25 and are on sale now at 303-987-7845 or Lakewood.org/LCCPresents.

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About the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners every four years. Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks, with each edition, to achieve the highest artistic standards while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach. The world’s top 18- to 30-year-old pianists compete for gold in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a global online viewership of over 10 million. Beyond cash prizes, winning a Cliburn medal means comprehensive career management, artistic support, and bolstered publicity efforts for the three years following.

About Lakewood Cultural Center

Hailed as one of “10 Colorado arts organizations that get it right” by the Denver Post, Lakewood Cultural Center (LCC) is known throughout the state for its exceptional programming. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver at 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood, LCC offers intimate access to world-class performances. The facility hosts a 320-seat theater, art galleries, fine art and dance studios, meeting and event spaces and a full calendar of fine and performing art classes, camps, performances, and special events. Patrons can enjoy free parking, on-site refreshments, and a fully accessible experience. To learn more, visit Lakewood.org/CulturalCenter or 303-987-7845.

The Lakewood Cultural Center Presents 2022-2023 season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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