Adjudicators for 2016 US New Star Piano Competition
Our adjudicators for this year’s competition are Dr. Joachim Reinhuber and Dr. Chih-Long Hu.
Joachim Reinhuber, born in Frankfurt, Germany, comes from a musical family. His first teacher, Franz Calvelli-Adorno, was his grandfather. He then studied with Gisela Sott (Frankfurt), Robert Levin (University of Music, Freiburg), John Perry (Rice University, Houston TX) and Nancy Garrett (University of Texas at Austin).
He was member of the faculty of the City of Aschaffenburg Music School, Germany, teaching piano, chamber music and music theory for 14 years. He has performed all over Germany, in recitals, chamber music and Lieder recitals. A live lecture recital with works by Adorno, Schoenberg and Brahms was recorded in 2005 by North German Radio in Bremen.
In 2004 students of his piano studio performed the first book of the “Well-Tempered Clavier“ by Bach in several recitals around Aschaffenburg. In August 2006 he returned to Texas to pursue the DMA program in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin, which he completed in November 2008. His interest in music theory is documented by his double major degree in piano and theory. Since the fall of 2008 he has been serving as the head of piano studies at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu‘s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs International De Piano D’Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and San Jose International Piano Competition in California.
An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performance highlights include concerto performances of Rachamninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the U.S. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in “Performance Today” through NPR stations across the country and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His CD albums “Formosa Caprices”, “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux”, and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His recording of Bach Goldberg Variations will be released soon.
Named “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, Dr. Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge international and national competitions. Hu is the Artistic Director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International (New Brunswick), as well as the New York International Piano Festival.
Hu holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu has served on the faculty at East Tennessee State University, and was recently appointed as Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano at The University of Tennessee starting in fall 2016.