Luke Hsu ’14 MM, ’16 GD Takes Third at International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

NEC alumnus Luke Hsu ’14 MM, ’16 GD took third prize at the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Hsu completed both a Master of Music and a Graduate Diploma at NEC as a student of Donald Weilerstein.

Luke Hsu plays the violin as a soloist with NEC Philharmonia behind him.

Video: Luke Hsu in 2016, during his second year as a Graduate Diploma student at NEC, performing Lalo's Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21 with NEC Philharmonia.

Luke Hsu smiles and holds his violin while sitting outdoors on some steps.
Alumnus Luke Hsu has won third prize in the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Hsu joins a lineage of previous NEC violinists who have placed at the esteemed competition.

In 2014, Tessa Lark ’11, ’12 MM won the Silver Medal, while Dami Kim ’10, ’12 MM, ’13 GD took Fourth Place and Yoo Jin Jang ’12 MM, ‘13 GD, ‘15 AD took Fifth out of the field of six finalists. 

NEC faculty member Soovin Kim also took third prize in 2002.

Hsu's previous competition wins include Second Prize at the Second Prize at the 2017 Michael Hill Competition, Third Prize at the 2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Fourth Prize at the 2016 Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, and First Prize in the The Houston Symphony's 2016 Ima Hogg Competition.