Young Taiwanese violinist Rose Hsien is emerging as one of the most sought after young violinist internationally. She is a winner in many international competitions. Including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, the Annual Conservatory Concerto Competition in Singapore, the International Music Festival’s Competition in Rhodes, Greece, the International Debussy-competition at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Gold Medal competition and the Max and Peggy Morgan Prize at the Guildhall School, as well as a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Music of UK.
Rose was a soloist with the Voices of Spring Symphony, the National Hsinchu University of Education of Arts Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Symphony Orchestra and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, and the Guildhall Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. After being selected for “TIHMS New Masters on Tour”, her European tour included a debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Slovakia’s Philharmonic and recently she gave a very successful tour of Japan and Prague, which included Rudolfinum's Dvo?ák Hall where she was a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has also performed in Carnegie Hall in New York and in London, at the Barbican, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
Future engagements include concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra De Havilland Philharmonic and recitals in the UK, Europe, US and Japan's Suntory Hall.
Born in Taiwan, Rose Hsien began her violin studies at a young age and at 14 entered the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of the National University of Singapore, as one of the youngest students of the conservatory studying with Prof Qian Zhou. There she gained her BMus and then furthered her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Prof David Takeno. Currently, She is studying for a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music.
The WFSIC Team caught up with Rose Hsien to get to know her and the person behind the violin.
What inspired you to pursue a career in performance?
I think music has magic. It bonds people together, regardless of the race, gender, class, religion. It’s the simplest and direct way to communicate with people. And so, I find music is the best way for me to communicate and share my stories with the audience.
Do you have a favourite recording?
Ginette Neveu's Sibelius Violin Concerto
Asides playing the violin, what do you enjoy doing?
Cooking! Cooking is very therapeutic and relaxing for me! It clears all work and stress related matters!