Di Wu, Concert Pianist & Van Cliburn Finalist PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

 

 

Tuesday November 9, 2010
7:30 PM - Adults $10 / Children Free
Texas Crown Performance Hall
Canadian TX

 

Click on the play button below to hear a sample of Pianist Di Wu's interpretation of "Estampes: I. Pagodes"

 

 

Named one of the "up-and-coming talents" in the classical music world by Musical America in 2008, Chinese pianist Di Wu (pronounced Dee Ou) continues to grow her reputation as an artist to be watched. As one of the six finalists at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Di Wu has received acclaim for her performances on both concert and recital stages.

Miss Wu’s 2009–2010 season includes engagements arranged by the Van Cliburn Foundation as part of her prize as a 2009 finalist. Performances in July and August 2009 included a standing room-only recital at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and an appearance at the Green Lake Festival in Wisconsin. In September 2009, she appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in a performance conducted by Charles Dutoit. Additional concert appearances include performances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and three performances at California’s Bear Valley Festival.

 

Along with an extensive recital tour of the university presenting circuit, Miss Wu held a three day residency in early November at the University of Vermont, as well as a residency at Whittier College in California during its Bach Festival in March. Her recital engagements take her to Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Orchestral appearances include concerts with the Columbus Philharmonic (IN), Asheville Symphony Orchestra (NC), Bryan Symphony Orchestra (TN), and the Symphony OPRF (IL). International engagements include recitals in Barbados in February 2010 and with the Hamburg Philharmoniker (Germany) in July 2010. Miss Wu will be presented by Sony Music Japan in an arena concert as part of the Nodame Cantabile Orchestra Concert – Grand Finale, which will be recorded for release by Epic Records.

 

Next season, the pianist will perform Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” to open the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s season with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Di Wu is engaged by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 conducted by Jacques Lancombe, a work that she will repeat in performances with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rossen Milanov. She will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Missouri. Continuing with the Russian repertoire, she will play Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with both the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in California and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in Indiana conducted by David Bowden, and Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 with the Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania conducted by Daniel Meyer. Colorado Springs audiences will enjoy her performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 4.

 

Season 2010-2011 recital engagements include performances at the Manchester Music Festival (VT), at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), Pamlico Musical Society (NC), Sanford Piano Series (WA), and at Twin Cities Concerts Association (MN).

 

Di Wu made her professional debut at age fourteen with the Beijing Philharmonic. Since then, she has performed with various U.S. orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and twice with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, to name a few. Miss Wu made her solo debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and has given recitals in the United States, Barbados, Canada, and China. She has toured extensively in Europe, presenting recitals at such festivals as Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and the Busoni International Piano Festival, and at venues including the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de Grenoble.

 

Among her competition awards, Di Wu counts the Astral 2007 National Audition, which won her representation by Astral Artists. Other competition credits include first prize at the 2005 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the 2000 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, for which she was invited back for a worldwide broadcast encore recital in 2001. She also won the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award in 2009, which resulted in her debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

 

Miss Wu’s recording of Brahms' Paganini Variations, Books I and II received praise from Musical America’s Harris Goldsmith, who wrote, “Her account of the Brahms is amazing. She takes all the difficult options (her glissandos are unbelievable!), and she conjures from the piano absolutely gossamer, violinistic textures, joyous humor, and brilliant air-borne tempos.”

 

Born in China, Di Wu moved to the United States in 1999 to study with Zenon Fishbein at the Manhattan School of Music. She relocated to Philadelphia a year later to study with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. After completing her undergraduate education at Curtis, Miss Wu returned to New York City to earn her master’s degree at The Juilliard School of Music under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. She also participated in Juilliard’s prestigious artist diploma program under the guidance of Joseph Kalichstein and Robert McDonald.

 

The petite pianist describes herself as a “huge foodie,” and enjoys sampling New York City’s wide array of restaurants, as well as cooking at home.

 

 

 

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