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Guest Performer Biography: Wei Luo

By November 23, 2022No Comments
Wei Luo at piano

Wei Luo will be performing as guest pianist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at our Fearless Women concert on March 11, 2023. Tickets are available online or through our box office.

“The young artist is carving out her own space among her Curtis predecessors with deep sonorities, fiery intensity and unfiltered rawness. Luo’s strong connection to the Russian compositions was plain throughout the concert.”

REVUE magazine, May 2018

Wei Luo is recognized as one of the most significant pianists of her generation. Already in her young career she has performed on many of the world’s leading stages. In 2019 her self-titled debut album was released on Universal Music Group’s Decca Gold label. The album was featured by Gramophone Magazine as one of the most exciting new releases. San Diego Union Tribune said: “This recording reveals a dazzling artist with an astonishing range of colors at her disposal, put to the service of a confident young soul whose musicality suggests the experience of someone two decades older.”

This past year Wei gave a 13-concert recital tour throughout China’s major cities and venues including Shanghai Concert Hall, Beijing National Center of Performing Art, Guangzhou Opera House, Harbin, Chongqing and Guiyang, among others. She also performed with leading orchestras including Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Concerto No. 4), Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2) and the National Center of Performing Arts Orchestra (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3). For World Sleep Day 2021, Wei participated in a campaign by Universal Music Group, along with 18 other UMG musicians worldwide, in which she recorded “Nocturne” by Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin.

 

Prior to the pandemic, Wei made her debut with the San Diego Symphony, Jahja Ling conducting. In recent seasons, she performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Quad City Symphony, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor with the Denver Philharmonic.

 

In 2018 Wei received the Gilmore Young Artist Award. She is also a recipient of the “Salon de Virtuosi” Career Grant in New York. The Philadelphia Inquirer described her performance, saying: “Equally intriguing were those odd 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.” She made her orchestra debut at age 11 with the Shanghai Philharmonic where, along with artistic director Muhai Tang, they opened the 2011 season performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

 

Wei has performed solo recitals in major cities and music festivals, including Lucerne Switzerland, New York City (Mostly Mozart Festival and the NY International Keyboard Festival), San Francisco Herbst Theater, Napa Valley Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

 

Wei is an avid performer of contemporary music. The Poems, a set of short pieces that Wei commissioned, written by Marc Neikrug, was premiered in summer 2019. Wei has always enjoyed performing in unconventional venues and doing both outreach and charity concerts.

 

Born in Shenzhen, China, Wei showed great interest in music and began piano lessons at age five. She gave her debut recital in Hong Kong at age six. Winner of numerous competitions in China, Wei also claimed first prize in the 11th Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland and the 2nd Rachmaninov International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt, both in 2010. In 2012, at age thirteen, Wei was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. Wei received her bachelors degree in 2022.  

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