Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Violist Serena Hsu is an avid chamber musician and dedicated pedagogue. She is a prizewinner of various competitions, including YoungArts, the OVS Competition, Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition, NY Laureate International Competition, and the OSTA Competition. Additionally, she has competed in the semifinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist at the AVS Competition, and semi-finalist of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition. She has performed at venues both in the United States and abroad, including Severance Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wiener Konzerthaus, Château de Fontainebleau, Alice Tully Hall, Southern Theatre, among others. She has appeared on Cleveland’s WRUW, North Carolina’s WDAV, and NPR’s “From the Top.”
As an avid chamber musician, Serena has attended the McGill International String Quartet Academy, studying with the Alban Berg and Borodin Quartet. As a member of The Belka Quartet, she served as the CIM Apprentice Quartet, holding a Young Artist Residency with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society for the 2017-18 season. She has attended various fellowship and intensive programs, including the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Kneisel Hall, Fontainebleau, the Summer Music Institute YAP, Music@Menlo, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Serena is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Conservatoire de Paris, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her mentors include Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory, Jean Sulem, Lynne Ramsey, and Jeffrey Irvine. Serena is currently continuing her studies at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ettore Causa.