Violinist JD Hunter to Perform May 13 at Libby Gardner Hall

Presented by UYO&E at Libby Gardner Hall, the touring Concertmaster of Disney’s Aladdin the Broadway Musical, former Utah Youth Symphony Concertmaster and Cottonwood High School alum JD Hunter will perform a very special homecoming violin recital.
Using the music of Respighi, Bach and Ravel, and joined by pianist Jed Moss and cellist Benjamin Noyes, JD weaves an intimate story of phantasmic youth, passionate mastery and personal transformation.
JD Hunter earned Bachelors and Masters in Performance Degrees from the New England Conservatory, was a Tanglewood Fellow for three consecutive summers and a member of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, principal second violinist of Plymouth Philharmonic. Hunter has also performed with
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Boston Ballet Orchestras and recorded the Bach A Minor Sonata and the Ravel Violin and Cello Duo at the Maine Music Mill in Brusnwick, Maine.

Where, When & Program:
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Monday, May 13th 7:00pm
Respighi Violin Sonata
Bach Sonata in a minor
Ravel Duo for Violin and Cello
Admission is FreeJD Hunter

Award-winning Pianist Hsiang John Tu performs Mar 14 & 15


The Festival’s 36th Season continues its series of Award-Winning Pianists with
Virtuoso Hsiang John Tu
In Concert March 15 in Park City

To purchase tickets online and for more information, visit

“The artists who come to play are among the best classical solo artists of our generation,” said the late renowned solo violinist and conductor Joseph Silverstein about the Festival.

The Beethoven Festival Concert Series begins 2019 with the Festival debut of award-winning virtuoso pianist Hsiang John Tu.

The New York Times has praised the “eloquent sensitivity” in pianist Hsiang John Tu’s performance. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he made his debut in New York at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as the winner of the prestigious Juilliard School Concerto Competition performing Chopin’s Concerto No 1. He returned to the same venue in 2013 as a soloist in Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the World Civic Orchestra. As a much-in-demand chamber musician, Mr. Tu has premiered new chamber works on the Summergarden Series at New York’s famed Museum of Modern Art and collaborated in sold-out performances at the Joyce Theater in NYC with the renowned modern dance company Rioult.

John Tu is currently presenting a four-recital series devoted to the complete solo piano works by Debussy, in celebration of the centennial passing of the great French master. He will be performing highlights from this tour on two concerts in Utah this month presented by the Beethoven Festival Concert Series.

Virtuoso pianist Hsiang John Tu has won prizes at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano, the Texas Kingsville International Piano Concerto, and the American Paderewski Piano Competitions. He has also been presented in recitals by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, and the Banff Centre in Canada, where he has done a six-month residency. As concerto soloist he has been featured artist performing with the Calgary Philharmonic, Lake George Chamber, Sioux City Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Snow College, Boston University Symphonic, and the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. John Tu has given master classes at Cardiff University in Wales, University of Southern California, Penn State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Utah Valley University, and Colorado Mesa University, and he has adjudicated in the NHMTA Fall Competition, US International Music Competition (organized by Chinese Music Teachers’ Associations of Northern California), and SummerArts Competition at University of Utah. He held adjunct positions at New York University, Utah Valley University, and Snow College before his current appointment at University of New Hampshire (UNH).

After winning Taiwan’s National Youth Piano Competition as a teenager, Mr. Tu moved to the U.S. and studied with HaeSun Paik and Hung-Kuan Chen at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Mr. Tu then continued with Mr. Chen at Boston University and the University of Calgary, earning a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and winning the Canadian Music Festival Competition. Thereafter, Mr. Tu studied at the Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal, earning a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in addition to the DMA.

Virtuoso Pianist Hsiang John Tu will be performing this week in two concerts for the Beethoven Festival Concert Series

On Friday evening March 15th the Festival Artists in Residence will join John Tu in beautiful program of exquisite solo piano works by Debussy, the Debussy Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano and the “Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute” by Beethoven for clarinet and piano, along with an announced work for clarinet, viola and piano. The Friday, March 15th concert begins at 7:30PM at the Park City Community Church. Free refreshments will be served at intermission.

In Salt Lake City, March 14th

The artists and our audience are delighted with the Festival’s added concerts has been wonderful. These added concerts make up the new Beethoven Festival Concert Series, which audiences will continue to be able to enjoy in addition to the annual Summer Festival in July and August.”

Throughout its history the BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL has been bringing outstanding solo artists together to perform in Park City and now averages over thirty-five concerts and outreach performances each season. The BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL’s summer concerts make up Utah’s oldest classical music festival. Throughout the rest of the year the Festival will be presenting the Beethoven Festival Concert Series. Some months the Beethoven’s concerts will be presented as festivals over several weeks.

Visit the Festival Website at to purchase tickets in advance online for the March 15th concert or to make reservations. Tickets are also available at the door for the March 15 concert: $25 regular admission, $20 for seniors 62+. Music students 9 years and up are admitted free.
The Park City Community Church is located at 4501 Hwy 224 just behind the Park City Nursery.

The Beethoven Festival is Utah’s oldest classical music festival and is presented by the non profit Park City Chamber Music Society, one of Park City’s oldest arts organizations.

Hear and see Hsiang John Tu performances on The Solo Piano Works of Debussy Chopin Sonata No. 2 Beethoven Sonata Op. 101 Chopin Barcarolle, Op. 60