Aurie Hsu

Aurie Hsu is a composer and pianist. She composes acoustic, electro-acoustic and interactive music, performs her own prepared/extended piano music, and collaborates often with musicians, choreographers, and musical robots. She received her PhD in composition and computer technologies from the University of Virginia where she studied with Judith Shatin, Matthew Burtner, and Ted Coffey. Hsu holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and Mills College (MFA). She also completed a degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College (MFA).  

Hsu’s works have been performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players, Relâche, NOW ensemble and the Talujon Percussion Quartet, among others. Her works have been presented around the US at ICMC, SEAMUS, SIGCHI, the SCI National Student Conference, Pixelerations and Third Practice Festival, as well as abroad at the Logos Tetrahedron Concert Hall (Belgium) and the Cite International des Arts (France). In 2010, Hsu won the International Computer Music Association (ICMA) Student Award for Best Submission for Shadows No. 5, part of a series of pieces for modern-tribal belly dancer, electro-acoustic music, and RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) system. The RAKS system is a wireless sensor interface designed specifically for belly dance in collaboration with composer Steven Kemper.  

As a pianist, Hsu has premiered many pieces including works by Peter Swendsen, Maggi Payne, and Ted Coffey. She has performed extensively with violinist Jennifer Curtis. Sarah Cahill of the San Francisco Classical Voice has described Aurie’s playing as “incendiary” and having “dazzled the audience.” Hsu has performed as part of the Mills College Contemporary Music Ensemble and the UVA New Music Ensemble. Current composition projects include a viola da gamba quartet, a suite for extended piano and electronics, and a second piece for belly dancer, RAKS system, and musical robots. Hsu is a member of Fire in the Belly Dance Co., the only professional modern-tribal belly dance company in central Virginia. Hsu is a lecturer in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department.