Zenas Hsu, Concertmaster
With a sound palette ranging from a ‘commanding tone’ to ‘delicate sentiment’ (Calgary Herald), Taiwanese-American violinist Zenas Hsu has a passion for chamber music and entrepreneurial outreach. He is a founding member of Chamber Music by the Bay, an interactive performance series in its sixth season in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year, Zenas joins Hub New Music, a mixed quartet specializing in 21st century sounds.
In recent seasons Zenas has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in collaboration with Sam Kelder and Phoenix, works of Shostakovich at the Four Season Chamber Music Festival performance series, and works of Bartok and Roberto Sierra in the inaugural opening concert of Bard Music West. He was also a guest musician with A Far Cry on the successfully Kickstarter-funded album, ‘Visions and Variations, to be released in the near future. Zenas has made guest appearances with A Far Cry, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Zenas's festival appearances include Bard Music West and Bard Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Lake George Music Festival, Taos Academy of Music, Music Academy of the West, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and Valdres Solo Academy. Zenas has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Leipzig, Miami, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence String Quartets, and with renowned musicians such as Lucy Chapman, Hsinyun Huang, Gil Kalish, Meng-Chieh Li, Robert McDonald, Ian Swensen, Steven Tenenbom, Susan Bates, Laurence Lesser, and Vivian Weilerstein.
A native of California, Zenas received his early training primarily with Wei He in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while spending musical summers at Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Hotchkiss Summer Portals. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Ida Kavafian. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music degree, Zenas moved to Boston and received his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Nicholas Kitchen and Donald Weilerstein.