Biography

“A pianist of true distinction, meaning everything she plays has a form of originality and imagination—really, you must hear her!”

– David Dubal

Praised as “sparkling” by The New York Times and “a rising star” by China Musical Weekly, pianist Hui Wu has continued to display her versatility in a creative approach to programming which stems from a contemporary/classical music duality.

Recent performance highlights include premieres in Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Concert at Disney Concert Hall; “Art as Activism” concert with Christopher Rountree and contemporary ensemble wild Up; debut of her “Lone Journey” multimedia project in collaboration with the USC Thornton Arts Leadership Program, in addition to chamber music appearances in China with violinist Rainer Honeck (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), and in Los Angeles with Stefan Dohr (principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic) and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson (principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra).

In the past seasons, her performances have included solo recital tours and masterclasses in China and Germany. Other highlights included opening night concert in the Tully Scope Festival in Lincoln Center with Jeffrey Milarsky and contemporary ensemble Axiom, chamber music appearances with choreographer Zach Winokur and the Juilliard Dance Division in ChamberFest at Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and celebration of the centennial of John Cage on the FOCUS! festival in Alice Tully Hall. She has appeared with New Juilliard Ensemble, Thornton Edge Contemporary Ensemble, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Xia’men Symphony Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast live on WQXR 93.6 FM and KUSC 91.5 FM.

As an avid chamber musician, Hui has been invited to prestigious festivals such as at Taos School of Music, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, International Summer Music Festival in Goslar, Germany, PianoTexas Festival, and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. She is the founder of ensemble demitasse and trio E’Toile. Her mentors and collaborators include musical legends such as Michel Beroff, Malcolm Bilson, Peter Donohoe, Peter Frankl, Margo Garrett, Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, Susan Narucki, Charles Neidich, Menahem Pressler, Gary Wedow, GuangRen Zhou, Robert McDonald, Michael Tree, as well as the Brentano, Borromeo, and the ShangHai Quartets among others.

An advocate of new music and a composer herself, Hui has performed and premiered numerous contemporary works by composers in China, Israel, Germany and United States. She has commissioned and premiered works by Michael Lee, Jeffrey Parola, Eric Nathan, Paul Chihara, and Elliott Schwartz among others. She has also performed Nick Didkovsky’s Zero Waste for pianist and computer on Beyond the Machine 12.1 series at the Music Technology Center in Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater. Hui has collaborated with Juilliard’s Dance Division on her composition Simogatas for soprano and piano four hands. In addition, her Three Little Pieces for Orchestra (2011) was premiered by conductor Euntaek Kim and the Double Visions Orchestra. Her other compositions such as vocal and piano works, 2 piano trios, 3 string quartets, and piano concerto have also been premiered and performed in New York, Los Angeles, and in China. She has also premiered her own piano piece Aprés Notations (2015) to pay tribute to Pierre Boulez. Her new work That Light In My Dream (2017) was premiered at the 2017 unSUNg project with soprano Kyra Folk-Farber in Glendale, California.

A native of China, Hui started her musical training at age of four. At age of thirteen, she made her debut recital in GuangDong Concert Hall with 12 Chopin Etudes and Liszt Rhapsodies and received high praises. She has won numerous competitions including first prizes in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York, the Murray Dranoff International Artists Two Pianos Competition in Miami, the 65th Steinway International Piano Competition, and the National Piano Competition (professional Group) in Beijing. Among her other awards, Hui has also won top prizes in the Ettlingen International Competition in Germany, the Corpus Christi International Competition, the Beverly Hills National Auditions, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Award, Young Artists Concerto Competition in Texas, the National Youth Piano Competition of GulangYu International Piano Art Festival and the Golden Clock Piano Competition in China.

Hui studied at The Juilliard School for her Bachelor and Master’s degrees with full scholarship. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Her teachers include Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, Stewart Gordon, Philip Lasser, and Donald Crockett. Hui works as a staff pianist The Colburn School. Recently, she was appointed as an adjunct professor in the music department at Moorpark College.

For more information about Hui, please visit www.huiwupianist.com