Originally from Taiwan, Julia Hsu received governmental music scholarships to study at The Purcell School for young musicians at the age of 14 with Professor Patsy Toh, wife of renowned pianist Fou Ts’ong. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance with distinction.
Julia visited and lived in Finland in 2006 as an Erasmus exchange student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she benefited greatly from the guidance of Professor Matti Raekallio, whom she then later studied with at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theatre, Germany; in the highly sought-after “Soloklasse” programme.
For the more than half of her life, Julia lived in London and Berlin. Besides her dedication of being a classical musician, she worked with local artists in cultivated projects. Past collaborations include exhibitions and live performances with photographer Roman Schramm, and sculptor Hella Gerlach. In 2009 Julia worked with modern dance choregrapher Shang Chi Sun and performed in Festival d'Avignon OFF, France, and Tel Aviv's annual Dance Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, Israel.
In January 2013, Julia was appointed Musician-in-Residence in the Waldorf Steiner School, Yilan, Taiwan, where she interacted with high school students and fellow colleagues through lecture recitals and chamber music projects. Julia was a Festival Fellow at Bowdoin Music Festival, MA and a scholar at the Banff Centre, Canada before she became a Piano Fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music, in September 2013.
Future concert engagements include four-hand recitals with pianist Peter Serkin in the United States in Summer 2015.
This performance marks Julia Hsu's La Jolla Music Society debut.