reviews

Reviews

  • “In performance, Hu showed herself to be a first-class talent. Her concentrated treatment of Scriabin’s Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 evoked an entrancing coloristic world. In Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, she conjured some incredibly sinister effects in the final movements, in a performance that graphically projected the poems on which each movement is based. A more complete summation of her talent can be heard on her CD Ching-Yun Hu Plays Chopin (Archimusic). It more fully reveals her poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing in performances of works such as Barcarolle and Scherzo No. 4 that hold up with the best.”

    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • "Ching-Yun Hu was a superb pianist, and the transcription [Chopin Piano Concerto #1] allowed her urgent, finely detailed phrasing to be appreciated to a degree not always possible with full orchestra. Her legato is lovely, and the way she adjusted her playing - articulation, tone - to what the ensemble was doing at the moment was a lesson in what it means to be a listening and sensitive musician."

    THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • "...gossamer in her Ravel, outwardly romantic in Chopin’s Third Sonata, Shostakovich’s First Sonata was a show of red-blood brilliance."

    YORKSHIRE POST United Kingdom
  • “Ching-Yun Hu is the key to success.”

    BASINGSTOKE GAZETTE United Kingdom
  • “superbly effective” [on Kenneth Leighton's Fantasia Contrapuntistica]

    THE HERALD United Kingdom
  • “It is almost mysterious to see how the pianist - Ching-Yun Hu - can dominate the podium entirely with her flexible and spirited reading of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and the next day transforms into a casually dressed young woman – radiating with simplicity and discretion from the deepest of her being. In her birth country, she is being acclaimed already 'Taiwans glory". With a cheered recital in Alice Tully Hall, which she broke through two years ago at the hypercritical public of connoisseurs in New York, the doors to Carnegie Hall opened themselves."

    PIANOWERELD The Netherlands
  • "Ching-Yun Hu was a superb pianist, and the transcription [Chopin Piano Concerto #1] allowed her urgent, finely detailed phrasing to be appreciated to a degree not always possible with full orchestra. Her legato is lovely, and the way she adjusted her playing - articulation, tone - to what the ensemble was doing at the moment was a lesson in what it means to be a listening and sensitive musician."

    THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • “Listen to the dramatic thunder storm of the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2, and energitic keywork of the Leighton Fantasia, Hu's playing is especially shown when she played two well known Mozart works. Her playing expands from strength to the most deeply felt moments of almost inaudibility; to the soul and pianistic bliss. It is like the way of scultures. Her way of music is to find the essential at the core of the composition's fullness.”

    DER WESTERN Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Germany
  • "Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu made a formidable Mendocino Music Festival debut recital in Preston Hall. A full house warmly greeted the diminutive artist, and she responded with a pensive and then dramatic performance of Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy, Op. 19. Four Chopin works comprised the second half with the afternoon’s best playing coming in the shortest work, the E Flat Nocturne of Op. 55, No. 2. Rhythmic subtlety approaching Ignaz Friedman’s iconic 1936 recording was a delight (praise can go no higher), as was Ms. Hu’s command of pianissimo. The repeated right-hand A and B Flat notes had a character of bells, and she artfully pedaled the ethereal transition to the final two chords that held me spellbound."

    CLASSICAL SONOMA CA
  • “We have waited for years for such a giant talent and here she is. Ching-Yun Hu, the amazing Taiwanese, is not just a great pianist, she is first of all a human being playing music; so human in every sound she produces. She plays, talks, prays and what not. A phenomenon of Nature. She plays Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 - and it was a very stylized and real, sincere one. Full of drama and poetry at the same time. This young woman brings with her the secret, the mystery ,and the style. She has the suspense of Brendal, Perahia's lyricism and Barenboin's depth. Are we witnessing the birth of a new Martha Argerich?”

    YEDIOT ACHARONOT Israel
  • "Audience couldn’t wait to applaud
    A capacity audience was entranced by the pianist, Ching-Yun Hu, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with such charm and intuition it was easy to realize we were in the presence of one of the world’s greatest performers. With the musicians moving from one triumph to another, there clearly came a time when the audience simply could no longer contain their delight. Hu wowed the audience with her dazzling performance of the Beethoven; such was her enthusiasm that she was almost dancing to the music. Her appearance was something of a coup for Maidstone audiences, sine the rest of the international starlet’s programme takes her to Brazil, Holland, the USA, South Africa, Taiwan and Hungary."

    KENT MESSENGER Maidstone, UK
  • “It is almost mysterious to see how the pianist - Ching-Yun Hu - can dominate the podium entirely with her flexible and spirited reading of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and the next day transforms into a casually dressed young woman – radiating with simplicity and discretion from the deepest of her being. In her birth country, she is being acclaimed already 'Taiwans glory". With a cheered recital in Alice Tully Hall, which she broke through two years ago at the hypercritical public of connoisseurs in New York, the doors to Carnegie Hall opened themselves."

    PIANOWERELD The Netherlands
  • "Judging from the semi-finals, the Rubinstein Piano Master Competition already has a winner. It is Taiwanese Hu Ching-Yun, the only semifinalist with a real ‘spark.’ that elusive superstar quality that everybody looks for. Musical, energetic and full of flair, she gushed through Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 and drove some of the audience to give her a standing ovation."

    THE JERUSALEM POST
  • "The Chopin Rondo in E-flat, Op. 16 was played with elegance and flabbergasting fingerwork. Speaking in terms of sheer technical brilliance, I don’t recall being as amazed even by Horowitz’s performance of the same work."

    NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW
  • “Ching-Yun Hu reveals a deeply original and imaginative personality, supported by extraordinary technique.”

    LIBRE BELGIGUE Belgium
  • “We have waited for years for such a giant talent and here she is. Ching-Yun Hu, the amazing Taiwanese, is not just a great pianist, she is first of all a human being playing music; so human in every sound she produces. She plays, talks, prays and what not. A phenomenon of Nature. She plays Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 - and it was a very stylized and real, sincere one. Full of drama and poetry at the same time. This young woman brings with her the secret, the mystery ,and the style. She has the suspense of Brendal, Perahia's lyricism and Barenboin's depth. Are we witnessing the birth of a new Martha Argerich?”

    YEDIOT ACHARONOT Israel
  • “In performance, Hu showed herself to be a first-class talent. Her concentrated treatment of Scriabin’s Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 evoked an entrancing coloristic world. In Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, she conjured some incredibly sinister effects in the final movements, in a performance that graphically projected the poems on which each movement is based. A more complete summation of her talent can be heard on her CD Ching-Yun Hu Plays Chopin (Archimusic). It more fully reveals her poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing in performances of works such as Barcarolle and Scherzo No. 4 that hold up with the best.”

    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • “Ching-Yun Hu is the key to success.”

    BASINGSTOKE GAZETTE United Kingdom
  • "Ching-Yun Hu brought down the house with the tremendous ovation she received."

    CINCINNATI POST
  • "The Chopin Rondo in E-flat, Op. 16 was played with elegance and flabbergasting fingerwork. Speaking in terms of sheer technical brilliance, I don’t recall being as amazed even by Horowitz’s performance of the same work."

    NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW
  • "Ching-Yun Hu gave an overwhelming impression as she changed drastically from Eusebius and Florestan in the Schumann Kreisleriana. The interpretation was beautifully done."

    ARTS MAGAZINE Taipei, Taiwan
  • "Hu’s staggering fingerwork in Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody was tamped by her hallmark of visceral virtuosity allied to breathtaking clarity. A foretaste of Hu’s outstanding pianism came in the opening work in which Schubert’s amazingly fecund imagination inspired the Sonata in C minor, D. 958. With stamina sapping demands, Hu’s all-embracing playing never faltered. A towering talent, and in one so petit!"

    BOURNEMOUTH ECHO United Kingdom
  • "Ching-Yun Hu gave an overwhelming impression as she changed drastically from Eusebius and Florestan in the Schumann Kreisleriana. The interpretation was beautifully done."

    ARTS MAGAZINE Taipei, Taiwan
  • Another WOW concert - The Israel Chamber Orchestra
    Without doubt the star of the evening was the celebrated Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu, whose virtuosity in [Mozart’s] concerto #23 was simply–brilliant. The support of the orchestra [under Yoav Talmi] in this familiar-to-many concerto added to our pleasure.”

    DIPLOMACY.CO.IL Israel
Ching-Yun Hu, Pianist