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

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“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



Virtuoso Pianist Stephen Beus Performs with Beethoven Festival Concert Series Oct 20

StephenBeusAward-Winning Pianist Stephen Beus in Concert

Enjoy an evening of virtuoso piano performance with pianist Stephen Beus,
recent winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition
Commenting on Mr. Beus’ competition success, Fanfare magazine writes: “In some ways Beus doesn’t fit the mold of the typical competition winner. His playing is strikingly original and, despite his youth, he has an interpretive voice all his own… Above all, his playing is so natural as to seem effortless and the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else’s.”
“Mesmerizing… explosive… intelligent… he belongs on the world stage” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis).
As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition Mr. Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. He has also performed as guest soloist with the Gulbenkian Symphony (Lisbon), Oxford Philomusica, the Tivoli Symphony (Copenhagen), the Tbilisi National Opera Orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta (Seattle), the Royal Philharmonic of Morocco (Casablanca), the Vaasa Symphony Orchestra (Finland) as well as with the Hamburg, Indianapolis, Nashville, Santa Fe, Utah, Fort Worth, Tucson, Yakima, Bellevue, Salt Lake, Eastern Sierra, Corvallis, Jacksonville, Texarkana and Walla Walla Symphonies.
Equally active as a soloist, Mr. Beus has performed at Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot (Paris), Merkin Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Central Conservatory (Beijing), Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), the Queluz Palace (Lisbon) and has performed for the Dame Myra Hess and Fazioli Salon series (Chicago), the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City), and has given recitals across the United States as well as in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, China, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Morocco.
$25 Regular Admission
$20 for Seniors 62+ / Students with ID
Discount Punchcards Available
Oct 20 / Sat 7:00PM
Park City Community Church
4501 Highway 224
Park City, UT 84098