KUOK-WAI LIO, piano
Born in Macau in 1989, Kuok-Wai began his piano studies at the age of five. In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and in 2006 he entered the Curtis Institute of Music. His principal teachers have included Gabriel Kwok and Gary Graffman. Most recently, Kuok-Wai has been working regularly with András Schiff at international master classes and festivals in Europe.
Last season Kuok-Wai replaced an indisposed Radu Lupu on the Peoples' Symphony Concerts in New York to rave reception. He has participated in Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, the Marlboro Festival and Caramoor Rising Stars, as well as the Salzburg Festival and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Additionally Kuok-Wai has given solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival and Vancouver Recital Series. Kuok-Wai has also performed with the Macau Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Houston Symphony, Russian Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, and has given recitals in Japan, Germany and Italy. Upcoming engagements include a reengagement on the recital series of the Peoples' Symphony Concerts as well as recitals with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts and Klavierfestival Ruhr. In 2015, Kuok-Wai will perform with Marlboro on Tour.