Di Wu, a major young talent in the classical music world, will perform at Hobart and William Smith on Monday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Selected as one of 12 featured “Young Artists: More Thrills of Discovery” for Musical America’s 2008 edition, Wu was a recent finalist at the XIII Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She won her first competition at the age of six, and debuted with the Beijing Philharmonic at 14.
With a repertoire that ranges from Ravel to Brahms to Rachmaninoff, Wu’s 2008-09 season has her performing across the country. In May 2009, as the winner of the 2008 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, she appeared in recital at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Wu made her professional debut at age 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic. Since then, she has performed with various U.S. orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra (at the Kennedy Center), the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and twice with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, to name a few. Last season, Wu debuted with the Terre Haute and Bryan symphony orchestras, performing Grieg’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. In addition, she toured the U.S. with the recital program, “The Art of Transcription,” in more than 25 concerts covering 10 states, including a debut performance in California, for which one reviewer commented, “…born to be a performer…While it could have been labeled ‘The Art of Transcription’ it might better have been called ‘The Art of Great Piano Playing.'” (Peninsula Reviews).
Wu made her solo debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and has given recitals in the U.S., Barbados, Canada and China. In the U.S., she has appeared in such venues as the Cleveland Play House, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Bass Performance Hall in Texas, and the Caspary Auditorium at the Rockefeller University in New York. She has toured extensively in Europe, presenting recitals at festivals such as Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, Klavier Festival Ruhr and the Busoni International Piano Festival, and at venues such as the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de Grenoble.
Among her competition awards, Wu counts the Astral 2007 National Audition, and as a result of winning, is now represented by Astral Artists. Other competition credits, in addition to the recent 2008 Juilliard School’s William Petschek Award, include first prize at the 2005 Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the 2000 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition.
Born in China, Wu moved to the United States in 1999 to study with Zenon Fishbein at the Manhattan School of Music. She relocated to Philadelphia a year later to study with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. After completing her undergraduate education at the Curtis, Wu returned to New York City to earn her master of arts at The Juilliard School of Music under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, and is now currently enrolled in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program under the guidance of Joseph Kalichstein and Robert McDonald.