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Listen: Pianist Ching-Yun Hu Plays Rachmaninoff, Gershwin Live from the WRTI Performance Studio

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Pianist Ching-Yun Hu

Described as "a first class talent" with “poetic use of color and confidently expressive phrasing,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ching-Yun Hu’s star has been rising ever since she took top honors as well as well as the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Artur Rubenstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv in 2008.


Hear her perform selections from her newly released album of works by Rachmaninoff, and talk about what this music means to her on Thursday, April 26th at 12:10 PM, LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI's Kevin Gordon is host.

Watch the live broadcast on WRTI's Facebook page.

Ching-Yun's 2011 all-Chopin album won Taiwan’s 2012 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the year.  In her newest release, she turns to Rachmaninoff,  music she has called "painfully beautiful” which “connects to you in a very human way.”

Program for April 26th broadcast:

Rachmaninoff: Etudes Tableaux, Op. 39 (numbers 1, 2, and 9) and Lilacs

Gershwin (arranged by Earl Wild): “Embraceable You” and “I’ve Got Rhythm”

Born in Taipei, Ching-Yun Hu came to the U.S. to study at Juilliard when she was 14.  She now performs with orchestras and in recitals all over the world. Also an advocate for young musicians, she founded the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival in Taipei in 2012, and a year later, began the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy , a summer festival in Philadelphia.  

Ching-Yun Hu is on the piano faculty of the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Philadelphia’s Temple University. She is a visiting professor at the Shenzhen Arts School and an honorary artist of the Henan Cultural Center in China.

A veteran broadcaster, Kevin garnered a wealth of experience in radio before taking the weekday classical host position from 2 to 6 PM at WRTI, where he was on the air until his retirement in March 2023.