Zenas Hsu, Violin
Taiwanese-American Zenas Hsu is a violinist with a passion for personal and entrepreneurial outreach to the communities around him. He is a founding member of Chamber Music by the Bay, a performance and educational series in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is concertmaster and an administrative member of Phoenix, a Boston ensemble dedicated to bringing uncompromised performances to the modern audience. He has also performed as a guest member of A Far Cry, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and is a violinist of the Zaffre String Quartet.
Zenas's festival appearances include the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Yellow Barn, 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 including Lucy Chapman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Gil Kalish, Meng-Chieh Li, Robert McDonald, Ian Swensen, Steven Tenenbom, Susan Bates, Laurence Lesser, and Vivian Weilerstein.
A native of California, Zenas was a student of Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory. 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 pursued his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Nicholas Kitchen and Donald Weilerstein.
He plays on a Gaspare Lorenzini violin on generous loan from the Chi Mei Museum Violin Collection.
Zenas's artistic endeavors include photography, recording engineering, and reading. He maintains a strong interest in the productive use of technology in the music world.