Debussy: Selections from Images I
Études-Tableaux, Op. 39
Nos. 1 to 9
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 2:30 p.m.
Praised in the Wall Street Journal as “a most mature and sensitive pianist” and named one of the “up-and-coming talents” in classical music by Musical America, Chinese-American Di Wu continues to enhance her reputation as an elegant and powerful musician. Her concerts have taken her across the globe, charming audiences from East to West with her “charisma, steely technique, and keen musical intelligence” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and her “fire and authority” (Washington Post).
Now based in New York, Ms. Wu continues to increase her international status with debuts and re-engagements on four continents. During the 2016 - 17 season she made her first appearance in Minsk and Moscow; a visit to Mexico for three concerts; and a tour of twenty concerts in Asia, during which she played both the Rachmaninoff Second and Grieg concertos in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Harbin, Tianjin and Taipei. Ms. Wu made her professional debut at the age of 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic; and, in the United States, her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2009. She has since been heard with American orchestras in such cities as Washington, D. C., Pittsburgh, Boston, Seattle and Cincinnati, collaborating with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Ludovic Morlot, Yu Long and Christoph Eschenbach.
In addition to orchestra engagements, Ms. Wu is also sought after as a recitalist. In New York, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and has also performed in such music centers as Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Ravinia Festival and the Portland Piano Festival. She is also a frequent performer in Europe and, of course, in major venues throughout Asia. Her most recent appearance in Tokyo, at an arena concert recorded and released by Sony-Epic Records in Japan, took place before an audience of over 11,000.
Also known as an enthusiastic and popular chamber musician, Ms. Wu highlighted her chamber music season in New York at the famed 92nd Street in a recital with violinist Julian Rachlin, performing Beethoven sonatas combined with video installations by Clifford Ross. Other notable collaborations involved performing with Takács Quartet, cello and piano recital at the Kaufman Music Center (New York), and two multiple city tours of both coasts with Curtis on Tour with Roberto Diaz at prestigious chamber music series including The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA). November 5 will mark her second appearance at the Norton Building Concerts.
Ms. Wu’s recording of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Books I and II received praise from Musical America, whose critic wrote “Her account of the Brahms is amazing. She takes all the difficult options (her glissandos are unbelievable!), and she conjures from the piano absolutely gossamer, violinist textures, joyous humor, and brilliant airborne tempos.”
Winner of multiple awards including a coveted prize at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition; The Juilliard School’s Petschek Award; The Virtuosi Prize at Lisbon’s prestigious Vendome Competition; and the winner of Astral Artists’ 2007 National Auditions, Ms. Wu came to the United States in 1999 to study at the Manhattan School of Music with Zenon Fishbein. From 2000 to 2005 she studied at The Curtis Institute with Gary Graffman, subsequently earning a Master of Music degree at Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky, and an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Joseph Kalichstein and Robert McDonald. In 2016, she received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School.
Di Wu, piano