Pianist Xiao Hu has been a member of the piano faculty at Luther College since 2002. She has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and other concert venues in Europe and Asia. She has presented concerts and workshops at many institutions, including Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China Central Normal University, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, University of South Florida, St. Cloud State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Central College, University of Iowa, Western Illinois State University, Knox College, Abilene Christian University, and Viterbo University. Ms. Hu performs actively with her husband, pianist Du Huang, as the Unison Piano Duo. Praised by the New York Concert Review as “Sparkling and fleeting…unusually high level of ensemble playing,” the duo’s performances have been broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio and Iowa Public Television. They have also toured the Czech Republic twice as part of the Vysocina Music Festival and the South Bohemia Music Festival, and have presented a workshop at the Conference of European Piano Teachers Association in Czech Republic.
Ms. Hu earned her Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati, studying with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. She later earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook, under the guidance of pianist Gilbert Kalish. Ms. Hu has the distinction of winning concerto competitions at both universities where she graduated. Besides teaching and performing, Ms. Hu has also served as an Adjudicator for the 62nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Star Young Artist Competition, as well as the Iowa and Wisconsin Music Teachers’ Association competitions.