Wei Luo

Photo credit: Xie Guichen

 

Of pianist Wei Luo, the Philadelphia Inquirer writes “Equally intriguing were those moments when she took you so far inside the music that your ears left behind previous points of reference, partly because she immerses herself in the music with an intensity that borders on madness.” Born in Shenzhen, China, Wei Wei began piano lessons at age five and gave her debut recital in Hong Kong at age six. Winner of numerous competitions in China, Wei Wei also claimed first prize in the eleventh Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland and the second Rachmaninov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt, both in 2010. She made her orchestra debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic in 2010 with conductor Muhai Tang performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. 

In 2007, Wei Wei entered the Shenzhen Arts school, studying with Kang Yongze. She went on to study at the elementary and then middle schools of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Tang Zhe. In 2012, Wei Wei was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she currently studies with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. She was honored to be the artist selected to perform in the Dean’s Honors recital at Curtis in 2014. 

This season Wei Wei makes her recital debuts at Sonoma State University, as well as at Herbst Hall, presented by San Francisco Performances. She performs at Festival Napa Valley and continues her love of chamber music at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August. Concerto performances include those with the Kansas City Symphony playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 and with the Denver Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor. Exploring a depth of core repertoire, Wei Wei has already performed the major concertos of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Prokofiev and the recital repertoire of Bach, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Ravel and Haydn. She has participated in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Seymour Lipkin, Abbey Simon and Nelita True.