Chih-Long Hu performed in the McKinney Theatre last month to a modest audience. (Courtesy of Nina Welch)
International piano virtuoso Chih-Long Hu made a very special appearance at Saddleback College’s McKinney Theatre Saturday night, Jan. 30. Featuring unique Bach-Goldberg variations, Liszt and Rachmaninoff transcriptions, over 36 mesmerizing works were performed by the pianist all in a stunning fashion.
Included in Saturday’s program were rare Goldberg variations of Johan Sebastian Bach, “Varatio” 1 through 30, including Franz Liszt’s “Liebestraum No. 3” and “Isoldens Liebestod” of Richard Wagner. Additionally, “Liebesleid” of Kreisler and Rachmaninov as well as “The Flight of the Bumblebee” of Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov and Sergei Rachmaniov were a proper conclusion to Hu’s precision piano playing.
Hu’s performance was met with standing ovation as it concluded late Saturday. Further, audience members were encouraged to talk one-on-one with Hu after the show to ask questions on his work and life.
Upcoming McKinney Theatre classical performances include “Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series Piano Concert” with Kevin Ayesh on Feb. 21, and “Piano Recital” with Caroline Oltmanns on March 6. More information is available at Saddleback College Arts
Despite calling Taiwan his home, Chih-Long Hu makes performances across Asia, Europe and North America and has collaborated with conductors Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Robert Seebacher and Hwei-Ming Twu, violinists Ryu Goto and Brian Lewis, the Miami String Quartet, as well as a member of the Trifecta Trio, the Appalachia Piano Trio and the Aloha Piano Quartet. Dr.
Hu’s reputation precedes him with dignified positions at various educational institutions, such as Tennessee Music Association’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year,” the Artistic Director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International, the New York International Piano Festival, a faculty member of the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Kansas, as well as the Ameri-China Foundation Music Festival in China.