Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Elliot Wuu, piano Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 (5’) Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943) Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, BWV
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Elliot Wuu, piano
Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 (5’)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, BWV 992 (6’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3 (21’)
II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
III. Minuet: Moderato e grazioso – Trio
IV. Presto con fuoco
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Étude-Tableaux in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9 (4’)
Praised for his “power, speed and finesse of artists twice his age” (Tribune Star), 20 year-old Elliot Wuu has captured audiences with colorful tones, sensitive musicality and emotional depth in his music. Wuu, a Young Steinway Artist, was named a 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, one of the most prestigious award bestowed every two years to two young pianists up to 22 years old.
In the recent years, Wuu has won numerous state, national and international competitions and performed across the globe. In 2015, Wuu won First Prize in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists. In the same year, he also won Second Prize and special Schubert Prize in the International e-Piano Junior Competition, Third Prize and special Mozart Prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition for the Young Artists, Second Prize and the Best Performance award of a composition by Russian Composers in the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition. He was also the winner of 2017 National YoungArts Competition. In addition, Wuu was named a 2014-2016 Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and a 2016-2021 MTAC Young Artist Guild (YAG) member, the highest honor awarded to California music students.
Wuu has performed in major venues in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and China. In NYC, Wuu performed at the United Nations Headquarters in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the WQXR Greene Space, and at Carnegie Hall for the Grammy’s Salute to Classical Music concert. Other notable concert performances were at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Aspen Festival, Ravinia Festival, Hilton Head Bravo Piano Festival and Chopin Foundation of the United States. In 2013, Wuu was selected as one of the twelve young pianists from around the world to participate in the Inaugural Lang Lang Junior Music Camp in Munich, where he performed and worked with Lang Lang in concerts and masterclass. Wuu was also featured on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase and NPR’s From the Top radio programs.
After making his debut at age 16 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Wuu has appeared with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Parnassus, and Arad State Philharmonic in Romania, among many others.
In addition to performing, Wuu has been inspired by many great international musicians and artists. Wuu has worked with such artists as Dame Fanny Waterman, Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman, and Ruth Slenczynska in masterclasses.
Born in September 1999 in Fremont, CA, Wuu began piano studies at the age of six. Throughout high school years, Wuu was a music scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College, studying piano with Yoshikazu Nagai, as well as at the Valley Christian High School Conservatory of the Arts. His previous teachers include Jed Galant and Rose Chen. Wuu is currently studying piano performance at The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Robert McDonald.
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