Artist Details:

“San Francisco native Daniel Hsu delivered a powerful, thoughtful, and sensitive program of
piano works connected by strong imagery and an enigmatic French-Russian dimension…This deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning mastery of technical difficulties.”
–Leon Golub, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“Rarely do I hear a young person place music-making above winning a competition.
The most impressive thing about Daniel is his sincerity toward music: The truth comes both
from his mind and his heart. It was a great joy to work with somebody so young,
so self-critical and richly endowed with determination and talent.”
–Dang Thai Son, winner of the 1980 International Chopin competition

“After the Verona finished the fifth movement…there was a…magnetic silence. No one dared move while the group held their bows still in midair. This was one of those irreplaceable moments of group experience that happen at concerts, when our individual selves fade out for a moment without breath –
before we come back to ourselves to applaud.”
–The Arts Fuse, Boston, MA

Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” American pianist Daniel Hsu captured the bronze medal and prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Also a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, first prize winner of the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, and bronze medalist of the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, he is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel Hsu began taking piano lessons at age 6 with Larisa Kagan. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 10, along with his two older siblings. Since then, he has made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra (2016) and Carnegie Hall (2017) as part of the CAG Winners Series at Weill Recital Hall. Daniel’s chamber music performance with the Brentano String Quartet earned him the Steven de Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music. He regularly tours the United States with the Verona String Quartet and in duo piano with his brother, Andrew, and appears frequently in chamber music festivals. Now 21 years old, Daniel is currently the Richard A. Doran Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he has studied with Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, and Eleanor Sokoloff.

Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet is dedicated to showcasing the art form of the string quartet and to elevating their music making to convey the poetic narrative of storytelling. The Quartet’s members represent four different nations (USA, UK, Singapore and Canada), but their singular approach and unanimity of purpose in both musical and cultural cooperation has quickly earned the group a reputation for its “interpretive strength… robust characterization [and] commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald).

Since winning the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Verona Quartet has established itself as one of the most sought-after string quartets of its generation, delighting audiences at venues worldwide. The Verona Quartet’s progressive approach to collaboration and programming includes numerous cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary enterprises. Strongly committed to education, the Quartet was the 2017-18 Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and has been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence since 2016. They have also appeared on National Public Radio, WQXR, WFMT, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

Among its many accolades, the Verona Quartet have been D’Addario Artists since 2017 and can be seen regularly on The Violin Channel as Violin Channel Artists. The Verona Quartet’s “thoughtful, impressive” performances (Cleveland Classical) spring from the spirit and power of storytelling. The quartet believes that the essence of storytelling transcends genre and so the name “Verona” pays tribute to William Shakespeare, one of the greatest storytellers of all time.



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Date of Concert: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
Time of Concert: 7:30 pm .... Doors Open at 7pm
Venue: Wolfe Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center Music Building, Del Mar College East
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Daniel Hsu, Piano

The Verona Quartet

Jonathan Ong, Violin
Dorothy Ro, Violin
Abigail Rojansky, Viola
Jonathan Dormand, Cello


Chopin, Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor,
op. 35
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 16 Op. 135
Franck, Piano Quintet in F Minor

On rare occasion, programs and/or concerts may be subject to change.