October 11, 2010
Young and highly-acclaimed classical pianist Di Wu will perform at OBU on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Wu was a finalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and she is the owner of a highly impressive list of other musical awards and honors. She is a fresh talent, only 26 years old, and has been called fearless when it comes to attempting the most difficult musical risks and expected by many to become a major name in her generation of classical music.
"Her account of the Brahms is amazing," said Harris Goldsmith of Musical America, in response to Wu's performance of Braham's Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Books I and II. "She takes all the difficult options (her glissandos are unbelievable!), and she conjures from the piano absolutely gossamer, violinistic textures, joyous humor and brilliant air-borne tempos."
OBU will be the sixth stop among many in Wu's current tour through the United States. Her recital will include works by Debussy, Granados, Schoenberg and Prokofiev.
Wu has been shining on the major stage since she was only 14 years old, when she began to perform with the Beijing Philharmonic. By age 21, she had already displayed her abilities at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. She has been widely recognized by musical reviewers from across the United States as an amazing artist.
Wu moved from China to the United States in 1999 to pursue education at the Manhattan School of Music. She received her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her master's degree from the Julliard School of Music.
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