Cheng-Tu Su has been recognized as a musician who has been active in performance as being recitalist, chamber musician, concert master and conductor in the United States, Indonesia, Japan, and his native country Taiwan. Su has appeared as soloist with Taiwan Symphony, Taipei Symphonietta, Taiwan National Orchestra and Rochester University Orchestra. As a chamber music lover, he was the violinist of Taiwan Piano Trio, with this group that was being invited to teach and perform at the List-Glenn Institute of Music in L.A. in 1987. He has also regularly played chamber music with the distinguished musicians, among them are Fu Tzong, Hu Nai-Yuan, Paul Katz, Simon Standage and others in certain occasions. He was the concertmaster of Taiwan Symphony, Taipei Symphonietta and New Brunswick chamber orchestra and played in the 1st violin section in New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 1984. Besides being a concert violinist and violist, Su also is a favorite conductor in his country. He has served as conductor of the Soochow University Orchestra in 1984-1994 and the Yin-Qi Symphony Orchestra and chorus in1984-1996. He assisted Chen Chiu-Sen (former music director of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra) rehearse the Hua Hsing String Orchestra for the 8th International music competition in the Netherlands in 1978. The orchestra won first prize in the event. He also conducted the same orchestra in Germany, France and the Netherlands. In 1984, he conducted an orchestra composed of Taiwan music students abroad and gave performances in Vienna and around Taiwan. In 1997, Su was invited as associate music director and conductor of Taipei Symphony Orchestra for one year when he had given outstanding performances as conductor .He has also conducted opera productions such as Verdi’s “Aida” and the “Stormy Night” by Taiwanese composer Chien Nan-Chang (world premier). As graduate of Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, Su studied violin with Peter Salaff and Raphael Bronstein. He also studied conducting with Chen Chiu-Sen and David Effron. He was the faculty member of the Soochow University from 1984 to1993. Presently he is one of the violin and chamber music faculty at the Taipei National University of the Arts, also being the music director of the school’s string orchestra since 2000. In 2015, he was honored as distinguished teacher of Taipei National University of the Arts.
Taiwanese violinist, first prize winner in the Taiwan National Competition of Music, Taipei National University of Arts Strings Competition and the 2nd Violin Competition 1998 held by National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Awarded the Artist Diploma with highest note in 2003 in Hochschule für Musik Detmold Germany, studied with Italian violinist Marco Rizzi and worked closely with Prof. Vesselin Paraschkevov and renowned violist Nobuko Imai, also guidance from Erick Friedman, Gerald Poulet, Saschko Gawriloff, Roman Nodel during his school period. He was former 2nd violin principal in the Landestheater Detmold, assistant concertmaster of the Macao Orchestra and concertmaster of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Since 2007 engaged in the Taiwan Connection Festival, acting as chamber music musician and concertmaster of TC Orchestra while invited by the world-renowned violinist HU Nai-yuan. Besides current position as concertmaster in Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra since 2012, often invited as guest concertmaster in Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and others. As a soloist also appears in major cities in Germany, Taiwan and China etc., orchestras have been cooperated with including Landestheater Detmold, Macao Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taichung City Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra and TC Orchestra etc.. HSUEH Chih-Chang is one of the best known and active violinist in Taiwan, host violin and chamber music classes in both National Tainan University of Arts and Kaohsiung Normal University. CD releases including albums of 3 Bach‘s partita for solo violin, recordings with Taiwan Pure String Ensemble, One-Song Orchestra and many others. In Spring 2017 gave recitals in Kaohsiung and Taipei with complete Paganini 24 caprices in program, alongside a book publication ""Begin with Open String - simple essence of sound production, practicing and performance
The Taipei National University of the Arts was founded under the auspices of The Ministry of Education in 1982, with a specific goal and purpose: to elevate the level of Performing Arts Education in Taiwan. Over the years, this vision continues to be fulfilled, as the Taipei National University of the Arts upholds this vital role and challenge, to being the forerunner and leader in the Performing Arts Education in Taiwan. Succeeding this mandate, the Taipei National University of the Arts String Ensemble was founded in 2000, the dual purpose of elevating the orchestral training & performance standard of college level musicians, while also being a platform where outstanding performances are presented for the public. Repertory presented in over 40 performances over the last 20 years, under the tutelage of conductor Cheng-Tu Su, span the gamut from the Baroque to the Contemporary, as well as performing traditional Taiwanese music and western music. Over the past 20 years, the string ensemble has had the privilege to work with musicians of resounding international stature, including the Borromeo String Quartet, pianists Meng-Chieh Liu, Gustavo Romero, violinist Nai-Yuan Hu, Marina Chiche, double bassist Thierry Barbé, flutist Yossi Arnheim, bassoonist Akio Koyama, Rie Koyama, amongst others.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 (Arranged for String Orchestra by Clark McAlister)
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor
Ernő Dohnányi: Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 (Arranged for String Orchestra by Lucas Drew)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (Arranged for String Orchestra by Gustav Mahler)
Cheng-Tu Su, conductor
Chih-Chang Hsueh, violin
Taipei National University of the Arts String Ensemble
TSUNG Cho-Chang Education Foundation