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Music of Brahms, Liszt and Rachmaninoff – Muen Wei – Piano
April 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rachmaninoff Three Preludes Op. 23, Nos. 4, 5 & 2
Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 1-10
Liszt Sonata in B Minor
Muen Wei, a native from China, has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has been applauded by critics for her “delicate playing” and “admirable virtuosic skills.” She has been guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. Her chamber music performance includes collaborations with Victor Benyens, Sam Fisher, Henry Gronnior, Ko Iwasaki and Stan Sharp, Wesley Skinner, among others.
Wei’s musicianship has been recognized in many competitions, including the Seattle International Competition, International Music Competition Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso, Artist Presentation Society Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York, China Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing, the UI Symphony Concerto Competition and Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition; She was the recipient of University Fellowship from University of Illinois in 2012, the Montecito International Music Festival Fellowship from 2013-2015.
Wei received her Bachelor of Music Degree from China Conservatory. In 2012, she received her Masters of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Daniel Shapiro, with honor of the Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize in Piano. She is currently a DMA candidate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the instruction of Ian Hobson. She has also performed in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Peter Donohoe, Dominique Merlet, John Perry and Arie Vardi.