Zenas Hsu, violin
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 based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a founding member and concertmaster of the Boston-based chamber orchestra Phoenix. Most recently, Zenas joined Hub New Music, a mixed quartet specializing in 21st century sounds. He has also performed as a guest member of A Far Cry, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Zenas has been a featured guest musician of Bard Music West, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hayden Chamber Music Series, Caroga Lake Music Festival, and Unitas Ensemble. His festival appearances include Yellow Barn, 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 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.
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. Learn more about Zenas at www.zen.as.