2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Kuei-Ling (Christine) Hsu, 39
Pediatric dentist/assistant professor
Kuei-Ling “Christine” Hsu’s Cliburn connection began even before she was accepted into this Competition. After starting piano lessons at age 10, she continued them at a “casual pace”—her words—until dental school. A few years later, she resumed while doing her dental residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham, as the pupil of Tatiana Kasman—who happens to be the wife of Yakov Kasman, the silver medalist of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Dr. Hsu, who is now an assistant pediatric dentistry professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, credits Ms. Kasman with renewing her passion for the instrument. A Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan, she also loves exploring new restaurants with her husband, as well as cooking and knitting.
CHOPIN, Etude in E Major, op. 10, no. 3
MOZART, Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310: III. Presto