The PROMETHEUS PIANO TRIO in residence at
Colorado State University Pueblo
Timothy Hsu joins Colorado
State University-Pueblo as its new violin and viola artist-in-residence as well
as its orchestra and chamber ensemble director. He is also the newest
concertmaster of the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hsu has always had a
passion for teaching and community engagement initiatives throughout his
career. During his time at Peabody, Timothy was actively involved in several
outreach organizations for students in underserved communities, including the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids. He was also on the TWIGS
violin faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
In the summer of 2012, Timothy
traveled to Acarigua, Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their
country’s El Sistema education sites. While teaching in Acarigua, he
was asked to teach a special masterclass at another site in Guanare, Venezula.
Timothy has performed concerts at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics,
the VA Hospital, and an educational concert for the pre-school division of
the Preucil School of Music in an effort to share music and music
education to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Timothy has been the recipient
of the Peabody Career Development Grant and the University of Iowa School of
Music Travel Funds Grant. Mr. Hsu has won the MTNA Young Artist’s
Competition State Division. He has also participated in several music
festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and has had the opportunity to
perform masterclasses with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster,
Glenn Dicterow, and violinist Chee-Yun.
As a chamber musician, he
performs and teaches with the Prometheus Piano Trio. Timothy has also played
with several symphony orchestras including the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas,
the Dubuque Symphony and Waterloo Symphonies in Iowa. Mr. Hsu is
currently finishing his doctoral studies with Katherine Wolfe. He holds a
bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and received his
master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory. He has previously studied with
Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melançon. Timothy’s favorite activity
is going to new restaurants and trying new foods.
ZAHARI METCHKOV has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 - a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck.Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. He will be joining the CSU Pueblo department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. Dr. Metchkov has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop.Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorado’s fifty-four 14ers.