Zenas Hsu is a Taiwanese-American violinist with a passion for chamber music, performing, teaching, and personal and entrepreneurial outreach. He is a founding member and current resident artist of Chamber Music by the Bay, a performance and educational series now in its fifth season in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently based in Boston, Zenas is concertmaster and an administrative member of the orchestral/chamber ensemble Phoenix. He was a prizewinner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association in 2013 as the violinist of Trio Concorde.
Most recently, Zenas performed in the inaugural opening concert of Bard Music West, presenting works of Bartok and Roberto Sierra. He appeared with violist Sam Kelder for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in the ’16-’17 season of Phoenix. He performed works of Barber, Beethoven, Fairouz, Finzi at the Hayden Chamber Music Series in New Mexico. He has also performed as a guest member of A Far Cry, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Zenas’s festival appearances include the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Yellow Barn, 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 including 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 primarily 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 four years later, 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.