By WQXR Staff, January 7, 2019
WQXR Presents “19 for 19”: Artists to Watch in the Upcoming Year
Still just 19 and a student at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, Wei Luo has taken first prize in multiple competitions in her native China and is the recipient of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award. A student of the legendary Gary Graffman, who also taught Lang Lang and Yuja Wang, she has already signed to Decca Gold — whose roster includes the likes of Daniil Trifonov, Reneé Fleming, Anna Netrebko and Lang Lang. WQXR heard a sneak preview of her debut album (due for release this year and featuring Haydn, Prokofiev, Ravel and Shostakovich), and we were absolutely blown away, not only by her pyrotechnical virtuosity but by the range of musical colors she teased from the keys. When you’re in the presence of truly great artistry, you just know it — and trust us, Wei Luo has it. We’re thrilled she’ll make her debut at The Greene Space on January 31, alongside fellow members of our 19. Remember her name: you heard it here first.