An Inca Indian and a native of Perú, pianist and composer Hwaen Ch’uqi is a world-renowned soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed throughout the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia,  Taiwan, Japan, and Perú at such venues as Seiji Ozawa Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is on the roster of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society, and he is co-founder of several ensembles including the Terrace Ensemble, Duo Q’inti with pianist Emi Okumura, and Duo Perussia with violinist Nadya Meykson. Mr. Ch’uqi’s gifts as a composer of the highest order are being increasingly recognized. In 2009, he, in collaboration with five other composer-pianists, was commissioned to produce a second book – in like manner and structure – of Hexameron Variations. The work was a feature of the 2010 conference of the American Liszt Society. In March, 2012, he was a finalist at the 17th International Piano Duo Composition Competition in Tokyo, Japan. More recently, he has received commissions from the Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Myanmar Music Festival, the University of British Columbia School of Music, the Music Teachers National Association, double bassist James VanDemark of the Eastman School of Music, and the Cusco Symphony Orchestra. He has completed a massive piano sonata, several chamber sonatas, a song cycle, suites for piano solo and four hands, and a children’s musical. His piano duo and duet literature is required repertoire for the 2023 International Piano Duo and Duet Competition held at Ohio University. Mr. Ch’uqi’s published output is extensive and varied. It includes four CDs that feature him as composer, interpreter, and improviser. A growing number of his compositional scores is available. As well, he is penning a partial autobiography entitled “The Redemption of Hwaen Ch’uqi”. Mr. Ch’uqi holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Natalya Antonova. He quickly distinguished himself as one of the rare pianists to be three times invited as a fellow to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center; there, he studied with such luminaries as Gilbert Kalish and Leon Fleisher. He was a semifinalist at the Second Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow and was awarded the Special Prize.