Luke Hsu joins the Munich-based piano trio


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Trio Michelangeli has announced the appointment of Luke Hsu as its new violinist, who replaces Paolo Tagliamento. Hsu joins the founding members cellist Alessandra Doninelli and pianist Riccardo Gagliardi.

’We are excited to start this new chapter together and we can’t wait to share music with Luke,’ the trio told The Strad. ’We would also like to thank Paolo for his work and dedication in the past year, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.’

Hsu is an experienced chamber musician, having collaborated with Itamar Golan, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Peter Frankl, and Colin Carr. His festival appearances include Verbier, La Jolla SummerFest, Wieniawski, Music@Menlo, and Yellow Barn. Hsu is also regularly invited to Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. He is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth competition and been a prize winner at the Indianapolis, IsangYun, Nielsen, Wieniawski, Michael Hill, and Paganini competitions.

’The instant we started working together, there was a clear, natural rapport between the three of us,’ said Hsu of his appointment. ’This translated incredibly well on the concert stage, which resulted in highly enthusiastic receptions from our audiences. At that point, I knew that this was the right group to explore the trio repertoire together.

’I am so thrilled to have this trio as an enriching part of my musical life. I cannot wait to be a part of this group that embraces musical openness, curiosity, and excellence wholeheartedly.’

Trio Michelangeli was formed in Munich and has performed extensively in Europe. It recently won third prize at the 2023 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, piano quartet/trio division.

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