“The young artist is carving out her own space among her Curtis predecessors with deep sonorities, fiery intensity and unfiltered rawness. Luo’s strong connection to the Russian compositions was plain throughout the concert.”
REVUE magazine, May 2018
Pianist Wei Luo, as one of the most promising students of legendary Gary Graffman, was recognized by American classical radio station WQXR as one of the 19 artists to watch in 2019. In August 2019, Wei released her self-titled debut album under DeccaGold, Universal Music Group. The album was recommended and featured by the “Gramophone” online as one of the most exciting new releases in July, 2019. Soon after the release on various online platforms, it was featured on both Apple Music (classical), and Amazon Music (classical) front pages. Spotify alone reached around 30,000 listeners.
Wei’s recitals have been featured and broadcasted nationwide, including WHYY Pennsylvania, Minnesota public radio, Michigan WCMU, Texas Rio Grande, North Carolina The Classical Station WCPE among others.
Wei received the Gilmore Young Artist at age 17 in 2018, and was the winner and recipient of the “Salon de Virtuosi” Career Grant in New York at age 16. She made her orchestra debut at age 11 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.
This season, Wei makes her debut with San Diego Symphony, with Jahja Ling as well as the China Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gilbert Varga. In the past seasons, she has performed Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with Quad City symphony, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern, and Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor with the Denver Philharmonic. She was featured soloist with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Kunming Symphony orchestra, Albany Symphony, conducted by David Allen Miller performing Mozart concerto no.24. Wei has made her solo recital debuts and performances in major cities and music festivals, including Lucerne Switzerland, New York City (Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center David Geffen Hall, NY international keyboard festival, Steinway Hall), San Francisco (Herbst Theater) , Napa Valley Music Festival, San Diego, Santa Fe, Michigan (Gilmore Keyboard Festival), etc.
Wei is an avid performer of contemporary music. The Poems, a set of short pieces that Wei commissioned, written by American contemporary composer and pianist Marc Neikrug, was premiered in summer 2019.
Wei has always enjoyed performing in unconventional venues and doing charity concerts. She played recitals in the City Pavilion during Expo Shanghai 2010. She has also visited and given charity performances in nursing houses, kindergartens, hospitals, churches , and scientific research institutions, during her concert travels to Indiana, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Denver, New Jersey.
Born in Shenzhen, China, she showed great 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.
In 2012, at age thirteen, Wei was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studies with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. Before that, Wei entered the Shenzhen Arts school with the highest score at age eight. She was accepted with the highest score again to the middle school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Tang Zhe at age nine. Wei is pursuing her Bachelor Degree at The Curtis Institute of Music.
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