|Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 2): Prelude and Fugue in C# minor, BWV 873||J.S. Bach|
|Paganini Variations, Books 1 and 2||Brahms|
|Sonata in Eb Major, Hob.XVI:52
|Sonata No. 7 in Bb Major, Op. 83
WEI LUO, piano
Born in Shenzhen, China, in 1998, Wei Luo did not begin the piano at a typically early age. In fact she heard the sound of a piano for the very first time only when she entered the state Kindergarten in her hometown at the age of 5. She was immediately transfixed by the sound and feel of the instrument becoming inconsolable when she had to leave the classroom where the piano stayed. She begged her mother to give her a piano and allow her to her to take piano lessons! One year later she gave her first solo recital and in 2009, at the age of ten she played the highest ranked audition for entrance into the elementary school of the Shanghai Conservatory. Shortly after her admission to the Conservatory, her parents promptly moved with Wei more than 750 miles from her home to enable her to study in Shanghai.
While studying with professor Tang Zhe, in Shanghai, Wei Luo received numerous top prizes in competitions throughout China including: First Prize in the Jr. China National Piano Competition, 2005, First Prize in the China Schumann International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, 2007 and First Prize in the Jr. National Golden Sunflower Competition 2008. Venturing into Europe she competed with contestants 10 years her senior and winning First Prize in the 11th Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland, 2010, and First Prize in the 2nd Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt, 2010. Back in China, Wei Luo was awarded the highly competitive Shanghai Remarkable Artistic Talent award, (the only pianist in 2010), and the Shanghai “Fu Chengxian” scholarship.
At age 11, Wei Luo appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic under the direction of Artistic Director Muhai Tang performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. In 2012 she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she remains a protégé of celebrated American pianist and Gary Graffman and Professor Robert McDonald. While at Curtis, Wei has participated in numerous performances and masterclasses playing for venerated artists including Richard Goode, Paul Badura-Skoda, Leon Fleisher, and Arie Vardi.
Wei Luo’s recital at the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival in 2015 marks her debut in Princeton.