With a sound palette ranging from a ‘commanding tone’ to ‘delicate sentiment’ (Calgary Herald), Taiwanese-American violinist Zenas Hsu leads a vibrant career filled with chamber music, orchestral leadership, and education. He is a founding member of Chamber Music by the Bay, a California-based interactive music series that reaches over 2,000 people annually. He is also a founding member and concertmaster of Phoenix, an orchestra based in Boston focused on providing social and accessible concert experiences in creative venues. Zenas is a member of A Far Cry, a frequent guest artist of the Wellesley Chamber Players, and has performed as a featured musician at Bard Music West, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Hayden Chamber Music Series, Halcyon Music Festival, and Monadnock Music Festival.
A native of California, Zenas received his early training in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music for his Bachelor of Music degree, and received his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Wei He, Ida Kavafian, Nicholas Kitchen, and Donald Weilerstein.