March 18, 2014
UPTON, NY — Pianist Di Wu, praised in the Wall Street Journal as "most mature and sensitive," who charms audiences with her "charisma, steely technique, and keen musical intelligence" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and her "fire and authority" (Washington Post), will perform at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Wednesday, April 9, at noon in Berkner Hall. Sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates, the concert is free and open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and older must bring a photo I.D.
Winner of many awards, including a coveted prize at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Wu is now sought after as both a recitalist and orchestral soloist. She made her professional debut at the age of 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic. In 1999 she came to the United States 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. Wu has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States including Cincinnati, Fort Worth, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, she has appeared with the Hamburg Philharmoniker, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Wu has made recital debuts at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and also appeared 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 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.
Wu's 2013-2014 itineraries began with a return engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra, this time playing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the famed Mann Music Center. Other recent North American engagements include debuts with the North Carolina Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. During the current season, Wu will again crisscross the continent for performances on both coasts and numerous cities in between, as well as making her debut with the China NCPA Orchestra at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
For her concert at Brookhaven, Wu will perform a French program with works by Debussy, Ravel, and a Liszt transcription of Gounod's opera, Faust.
Call (631) 344-2345 for more information.
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