Aurie Hsu is a composer, pianist, and belly dancer. She composes acoustic, electroacoustic, and interactive music, performs her own prepared/extended piano music, and collaborates often with musicians, choreographers, and musical robots. She received her Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia and holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and Mills College (MFA). She also holds a degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College (MFA).
Aurie’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 U.S. at ICMC, SEAMUS, SIGCHI, Pixelerations, Third Practice Festival, Acoustica 21, and abroad at the Logos Tetrahedron Concert Hall (Belgium) and the Cite International des Arts (France). In 2010, Aurie 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, electroacoustic 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, Aurie has premiered many pieces including works by Peter Swendsen, Maggi Payne, and Ted Coffey. Sarah Cahill of the San Francisco Classical Voice has described Aurie’s playing as “incendiary” and having “dazzled the audience.” Aurie is a former member of Fire in the Belly Dance Co. (2005-2012), the only professional contemporary belly dance company in central Virginia and completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements(TM) Phase 1: Initiation with Recognition in 2015. Aurie has taught at the University of San Diego and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In 2015-2016, Aurie will serve as Visting Assistant Professor at Oberlin Conservatory.