Title - 'Wei Luo'
Artist - Wei Lou
For those not in the know, born in Shenzhen, southern part of China, the recipient of 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, Wei Luo showed 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.
Wei is also the 2016 winner and recipient of the “Salon de Virtuosi” Career Grant in New York. She made her orchestra debut at age ten with the Shanghai Philharmonic where, along with artistic director Muhai Tang, they opened the 2011 season by performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
In past seasons Wei made her recital debut in Herbst Hall presented by San Francisco Performances. She performed at Festival Napa Valley, Mostly Mozart Festival, and continued her love of chamber music at the Santa Fe Chamber Music.
Wei performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with Kansas City Symphony under the baton of Maestro Michael Stern, and Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor with the Denver Philharmonic.
In December 2017 she was featured soloist with the Albany Symphony conducted by David Allen Miller performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 24, K.491.
In the 2018-19 season, Wei makes her recital debut at NY Steinway Hall. She also performs Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with Quad City symphony.
Furthermore, she will tour in Michigan for Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in a series of solo recitals and performs Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody with Battle Creek Symphony.
Currently in school at the Curtis Institute and studying with Gary Graffman (teacher of Lang Lang and Yuja Wang), pianist Wei Luo has just released (Via Decca Gold this past August 30th, 2019, her self-titled debut album featuring works by Prokofiev, Shchedrin, and Shostakovich.
Opening with a compelling, near 12 minute take on Ravel’s solo piano version of 'La Valse,' Luo then transfers effortlessly into the duo of 'Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 - Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major' and 'No. 24 in D Minor,' before bringing us a playful, yet extensively thoughtful Haydn Suite: 'Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob.XVI: 52 - I. Allegro,' 'II. Adagio' and 'III. Finale: Presto.'
The powerful, arcing Prokofiev Suite is up next in the form of: 'Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 - I. Allegro inquieto,' 'II. Andante caloroso,' and the vibrant, key heavy 'III. Precipitato.' With the melodies and the earthy qualities obviously speaking volumes to Lou, this is also one of my own personal favorites.
This quite exquisite new album from Luo then rounds out with 'Shchedrin: Two Polyphonic Pieces - No. 1: Two-part Invention' and 'No. 2: Basso Ostinato,' which is rather perfect given its collective flighty forcefulness.
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