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Timothy Hsu

Orchestra, Violin, Viola, String Techniques

Timothy Hsu
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Bio

An Oklahoma native, Timothy Hsu has had the opportunity to perform and teach in various cities throughout the country and South America, including Baltimore, Dallas, Aspen, Iowa City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hsu has always had a passion for teaching and community engagement programs throughout his career. During his time at Peabody, Timothy was actively involved in several outreach organizations for students in underserved communities, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids and the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony’s Bridges after school programs as a lead violin teacher. He was also on the TWIGS violin faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In the summer of 2012, Timothy traveled to Acarigua Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s El Sistema education sites. He was also one of two violinists from the United States asked to teach a special masterclass in Guanare, Venezuela during that same summer. While in Iowa, Timothy has performed concerts at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, the VA Hospital, and an educational concert for the pre-school division of the Preucil School of Music. Always on the lookout for new opportunities, Timothy has been involved in numerous original projects. In an effort to enrich the ties between Johns Hopkins and Peabody, he facilitated a chamber music reading event between the students of Homewood campus at the Johns Hopkins University and Peabody music students. He was also a co-founding member of the Occasional Symphony whose purpose is to celebrate diverse holidays in distinctive venues with original and classic compositions. Timothy was the recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant in 2010, and he also won the University of Iowa School of Music Travel Funds Grant in 2014. In 2006, Mr. Hsu won the MTNA Young Artist’s Competition State Division. He has also participated in several music festivals including the National Kennedy/Center Summer Music Institute and the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Won-Bim Yim. He has performed in masterclasses with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow, and violinist Chee-Yun. As a chamber musician, he has received coachings from numerous quartets including the Brentano String Quartet, Jupiter String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, JACK Quartet, and Saint Lawrence String Quartet. Timothy served as the principal second violinist of the Orchestra of the Pines in Texas and has also been a member of the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas, the Dubuque Symphony, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphonies. He was also concertmaster of the symphony ensembles during his time at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Iowa. Mr. Hsu holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and received his master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory. His former teachers include Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melancon of the Peabody Trio. He is currently finishing his doctoral studies from the University of Iowa with Professor Katie Wolfe.
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