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Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist Di Wu to Perform at Washington and Lee University

— by on February 10th, 2010

Pianist Di Wu will perform at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, February 17 at 8 p.m. in Wilson Hall under sponsorship of the W&L Concert Guilde.

The program, will feature the Davidsbündlertänze of Robert Schumann as well the complete set of Miroirs by Maurice Ravel. Di Wu will also perform Mazurka by Clara Schumann and the “Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod’s Faust” by Franz Liszt.

Praised in The Wall Street Journal as “a most mature and sensitive pianist’, Chinese-born Di Wu’s reputation as an elegant yet exciting musician continues to grow, and 2009 was a banner year: During the spring and summer, she made her New York Alice Tully Hall recital debut as winner of Juilliard’s William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, was named Artist of the Month by MusicalAmerica.com, and was awarded a Vendome Virtuosi prize at Lisbon’s prestigious Vendome Competition as well as one of the coveted prizes at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In September she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at a gala benefit concert under Charles Dutoit.

Wu made her professional debut at 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic. Since then she has toured widely in Asia, Europe and the United States, where her recent orchestral engagements have included appearances with Washington’s National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and twice in Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. During the 2009-10 Season, Wu is scheduled for a 45-concert tour which takes her from California to Germany.

Di 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 The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky and, in 2009, an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Joseph Kalichstein and Robert McDonald.

Tickets are available online at lenfest.wlu.edu or call the Lenfest box office at (540) 458-8000 for more ticket information.