Age: 17Potomac, MD
Project Title: Inspiring Hope, Note by Note
My project, “Inspiring Hope: Note by Note,” consists of a collection of CD recordings that were donated to various hospitals and medical institutions across the nation. These recordings hope to bring joy and rejuvenation to thousands of ill patients, elders, as well as inspire young musicians to reach out and share their music to benefit others. I hope my project will fill the hearts and restore the hopes of people of all genders, races, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Hi! My name is Evan Hu, and I am a rising senior at the Math, Science, and Computer Science Program at Montgomery Blair High School. Though I love studying differential equations and conducting research, music has been a fundamental part of my identity ever since I was 6 years old. Music has shaped me into the person I am today, and I cannot be grateful enough for the lessons it has taught me. It is a tremendous honor to be selected as one of 2019 Davidson Fellows. This scholarship will give me the opportunity to share my music with others, inspiring fellow musicians to use their music to heal, inspire, and rejuvenate the underprivileged, ill, and elderly.
My project, “Inspiring Hope: Note by Note,” was motivated by my work with the Tacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free concerts for senior homes, hospitals, and schools in the DMV area. Through these countless performances, I have witnessed the joy and inspiration that music instills in people of all ages, races, and genders. There is a humanistic aspect of music that all people can relate to; music brings back cherished memories and also helps to establish friendships and relationships between people. Through my project, I wanted to extend the philanthropy of music to a wider audience, not only the DMV area. To accomplish this, I recorded piano CD recordings, which were sent to 58 Fisher Houses throughout the country, NIH Patient Library, Hopkins Cancer Center, and families of the victims of the Virginia Beach Tragedy. I hope that my work inspires other musicians across the globe to create their own musical recordings and projects to distribute across hospitals and health facilities. United, we musicians can make a herculean impact on people’s lives, filling the hearts of thousands of people.
There were lots of challenges during the creation and distribution of these CD recordings. After I had finished recordings all my pieces, I had to figure out a method to replicate CD’s and distribute them throughout the nation. One of my pieces required for a copyright filing, since it was written fairly recently. The process was tedious and time-consuming, but ultimately was a huge success. I want to thank my parents, my teacher, Dr. Majorie Lee, and Mrs. Holliday, the founder of the Tacy Foundation, for supporting and guiding me through this process. I would also like to thank the technician at Blue House Recording Studios, Jeff Gruber, for helping me record all the pieces!
I see my CD recordings benefiting people across all academic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For some, these recordings will be a spark of joy amidst a gloomy day. For some, these recordings will be an inspiration to share more people’s music. And for some, these recordings will be a medicine, healing the mind, body, and soul.
Through my teenage and childhood years, I have attended multiple magnet STEM schools, which focused on mathematics, science, and computer science. Courses would often go deeper into curriculum and would also emphasize interdisciplinary learning. Nonetheless, I continue to enjoy music and I plan on to minor in Piano Performance and Music History, while majoring in Mathematics.
Playing and performing the piano has been a huge part in my extracurricular life. I have won awards in the 2017 London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, the 2017 Future Stars International Piano Competition, and 2019 National Youngarts. In addition to classical music, I love hip-hop, R&B, and even K-pop. I also love to play sports in my free time, such as basketball, tennis, fencing, and table tennis. In the future, I hope to study mathematics as it is applied to economics and finance, but I also aspire to contribute to the Tacy Foundation, inspiring generations of young musicians to follow my steps and impact their own communities.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I would see myself getting a PhD degree in mathematical economics, utilizing models and field experiments to assist investors, businesses, and help solve some of society's greatest economic problems such as the achievement gap.
If you could have dinner with the five most interesting people in the world, living or dead, who would they be?
Frederic Chopin, Warren Buffet, Kobe Bryant, Seong-Jin Cho, Andrew Yang
If you could be on any TV show, which one would it be?Masterchef. Hopefully I won't get yelled by Gordon Ramsay or Joe Bastianich, but that's inevitable I guess.
In the News
Evan Hu and Daniel Zhu to each be awarded $10,000 as a 2019 Davidson Fellow Scholarship Winners
Potomac, Md. – The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has announced the 2019 Davidson Fellows Scholarship winners. Among the honorees are Evan Hu, 17, and Daniel Zhu, 17, of Potomac. Only 20 students across the country are recognized as scholarship winners each year.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected as one of 2019 Davidson Fellows,” said Hu, a rising senior at Math, Science, and Computer Science Program at Montgomery Blair High School. “This scholarship will give me the opportunity to share my music with others, inspiring fellow musicians to use their music to heal, inspire, and rejuvenate the underprivileged, ill, and elderly.”
Hu’s project, Inspiring Hope, Note by Note, consists of a collection of CD recordings that were donated to various hospitals and medical institutions across the nation. Through the recordings, Hu hopes to bring joy and rejuvenation to thousands of ill patients, elders, as well as inspire young musicians to reach out and share their music to benefit others. He hopes his project will fill the hearts and restore the hopes of people of all genders, races, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.