Dr. Timothy Hsu, Violin / Viola
Dr. Timothy Hsu, dedicated teacher, active performer, and conductor, serves as Colorado State University-Pueblo’s violin and viola artist-in-residence as well as its orchestra and chamber ensemble director. He is also the Pueblo Symphony’s current concertmaster and the assistant concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in Colorado Springs, CO. Hsu’s playing has been lauded as having “heavenly moments” (Derek Townley, The Pueblo Chieftan). His performances have led him across the globe and to concert venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
As a chamber musician, he currently performs and teaches with the Prometheus Piano Trio at CSU-Pueblo who concertize regularly throughout the United States. Timothy has also been a member of the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas, the Dubuque Symphony and Waterloo Symphonies in Iowa, and served as Principal Second Violin in the Orchestra of the Pines in Nacogdoches, TX. As a conductor, Dr. Hsu has conducted honor orchestras including the Pikes Peak Honor Orchestra in Colorado Springs, CO.
Throughout his career, Timothy has been actively involved in community engagement initiatives. He joined forces with the Pueblo Symphony and the music department at CSU-Pueblo to bring back the Pueblo Youth Symphony in Pueblo, CO. One of the special projects he co-created with the Prometheus Piano Trio is the Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp that offers students a combination of rigorous musical studies and fun outdoor activities. Timothy has served as violin faculty for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, an El-Sistema inspired music program that provides free music instruction to students in underserved communities. He was also a violin instructor for a similar program at the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program. Through his work with OrchKids, Dr. Hsu was given the opportunity to travel to Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s intesive El-Sistema summer seminarios.
Timothy has been the recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant and the University of Iowa School of Music Travel Funds Grant. In competition, Dr. Hsu also received first prize in the MTNA Young Artist’s Competition State Division. Currently, he is a member of the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association and is also the 2018-2019 Commissioned Composer Chair.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, received his master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory, and completed his doctorate at the University of Iowa under Professor Katie Wolfe. His former teachers include Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melançon. Timothy’s favorite activity is going to new restaurants and trying new foods.
Norah Clydesdale, Cello
Norah Joy Clydesdale comes from a family of musicians originating in Glasgow, Scotland. Her grandfather, Mr. Robert Clydesdale, was an orchestra conductor and cellist who immigrated to New York State in 1932. Norah studied with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet and Andor Toth, Jr. of the Hungarian Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory. She then traveled south to study with Gabor Reijto and Bernardo Segall at USC before culminating her training at Boston University. In Boston Ms. Clydesdale studied for seven years with world-renowned concert cellist and pedagogue George Neikrug. Ms. Clydesdale has participated in Masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Walter Trampler and Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet. She played professionally in the Boston area--principally as a chamber musician, performing the entire Beethoven Quartets Cycle with the Artaria Quartet before moving to Paris, France. In France she was an active educator, teaching cello, violin, and the love of music to children and adults in Paris. Ms. Clydesdale also developed the string department at the Lycee Ombrosa in Lyon, France. Ms. Clydesdale rounded out her career in Europe teaching music to young school children in Milan, Italy. Norah recently returned from Europe and is now an active performer and educator in Colorado. She has performed with the Grace String Quartet, as Assistant Principal Cello of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and was Principal Cello of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic for the last three years. Norah also performs with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Colorado State University's Prometheus Piano Trio. Norah is on the Adjunct Faculty as Cello Instructor at CSU-Pueblo and on the Faculty at Pikes Peak Community College as well. She is the Music Director at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Pueblo and also maintains private teaching studios in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Piano
Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. 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 and a second recording project featuring solo works for piano and organ completed in the Spring of 2014.
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. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. He was the 2013 recipient of the CSU-Pueblo’s Outstanding Service and Transformative Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of CHASS Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as an artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop.
Currently Dr. Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series, Colorado Springs. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer Music, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival, Varna Music Festival, and Sofia Music weeks. He has appeared live on radio CPR-Denver, WCLV-Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia.
Placing high priority over the education of young pianists in Southern Colorado, Dr. Metchkov is currently the President of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, a chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. He is a frequent guest adjudicator and clinician to numerous piano festivals in Colorado and strives to promote well structured study of music, specifically piano, to young people of all ages and their families. He is a founding member of the Southern Colorado Music Adventure Camp.
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 Pueblo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Wind Ensemble, 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.