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Watch and Listen: Pianist Ching-Yun Hu Previews Kimmel Center Solo Debut Concert, Live from WRTI

Listen to concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu, founder and director of the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), plays works by Chopin, Albeniz, and Alkan live from our performance studio.

The pianist gives her solo debut performance in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Centeron Friday, August 2nd at 7:30 PM, which also marks the opening of the 7th Annual PYPA Festival.

Ching-Yunjust returned from a sold-out world concert tour, and will play books One and Two from Isaac Albéniz's Iberia, Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 and Aesop’s Feast a work by French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. 


Alkan: Aesop's Feast


Albeniz: Triana

Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58: Finale

After Ching-Yun’s Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1999, she appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Wigmore Hall (London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Herkulesaal (Munich), Klavier-Ruhr Festival, Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), Duszniki-Dzroj Chopin International Festival and Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (Poland), Opera House (Tel Aviv), National Concert Hall (Taipei), and Japan's Osaka Hall.

Ching-Yun’s 2018 solo CD Rachmaninoff, was recorded in the WRTI performance studio. It received 5 stars from The Pianist magazine, which called it "essential listening for Rachmaninoff admirers." Her debut recording, an all-Chopin CD released in 2011 on the Taiwanese label ArchiMusic, won Taiwan's 2012 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the Year. 

The August 2nd performance will be followed by 10 days of concerts and lectures by world-class pianists, master classes by respected pianists and professors, student concerts and the Philadelphia International Piano Competition. This year there are 22 young pianists ranging in age from 10 to 25.

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.