Sheng-chung Wu 伍盛中
2008年5月，於第二屆國際鋼琴比賽Russian Season in Yekaterinburg（俄羅斯）獲得第五名，和Arensky特別獎。同年8月，應香港鋼琴音樂學會邀請於香港大會堂高座舉辦講座『俄羅斯音樂，莫斯科留學分享』。
Sheng-chung Wu is a worthy successor of the Russian School,
with rock-solid techniques and deep, sonorous velvet tones.
The maturity of his musical thoughts, his concentration and stamina,
both physical and mental, deeply impressed.
– Savio Lau, Editor of Music Section, 《Hi Fi Review》
Chinese Pianist Sheng-chung Wu was born in Hong Kong in a family of music lovers.After finishing his secondary education, Wu entered the Chinese University of Hong Kong to study Mathematics and Music, where he received training from the eminent Hong Kong pianist Raymond Young. Upon graduating from the Mathematics Department, Wu decided to dedicate himself wholly to Music, and to travel to Moscow to pursue perfection.
Wu entered the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and specialized in piano performance. His teachers included world class professors such as N. Starkmann, L. Fichtenholz, M. Lidsky, A. Nasedkin, D. Galynin, and V. Chachava.
After finishing the 5-year Basic Course, he furthered his studies in the post-graduate school and obtained a double doctorate degree in piano performance and chamber ensemble. Wu is the first musician from Hong Kong and Macao to graduate from the institution. Besides, Wu also studied conducting under B. Koulikov, the former rector of the conservatoire.
In his student years Wu got numerous prizes in international piano competitions in Russia and Europe, since then he began his concert activities. Wu is an active participant in concerts and music festivals in various concert halls, museums, churches in Russia, Europe, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Macau. His repertoire includes works of Western European and Russian composers of various epochs and styles. Wu is especially devoted to the interpretation of music by A. Scriabin and K. Szymanowski.
Since returning to his home country, Wu has been active in concertizing, pedagogical and charity activities, promoting music, arts and culture.
Wu currently teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, he is also a visiting professor at various universities in China, such as Huizhou University, Jinzhong Teachers College and Xinzhou Teachers University in Shanxi.
In March 2007, being invited by the famous Russian conductor E. Serov, Wu gave a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto Nr. 25 in Volgograd with the Volgograd Academic Symphonic Orchestra. In May the same year, he won the 2nd prize in the 3rd International Festival of Slavic Music in Moscow (the theme that year was Polish Music).
In May 2008, Wu won the 5th prize in the 2nd Russian Season in Yekaterinburg (Russia), and also the Special Prize for the best performance of A. Arensky’s works. In August, he was invited by the Hong Kong Piano Music Association to give a lecture on Russian Music in City Hall.
In October 2009, Wu finished his postgraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatoire with two specializations: piano performance and chamber ensemble.
In January 2010, Wu gave concerts in Warszawa, Poland.
In September 2010, Wu was invited by the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts to give a lecture on the Russian piano tradition. In November, he was invited to perform in the East Asia New Music Festival in Hong Kong.
In March 2011, Wu was invited by the Hong Kong Institute of Education to give a piano masterclass.
In July 2011, Wu was presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in “Our Music Talents”Series with an all-Liszt recital “Franz Liszt and the Age of Romanticism” in the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall, as an event in the Liszt & Mahler Year to commemorate the bi-centenary of the birth of Franz Liszt.
In October 2011, Wu gave a recital “Revolution and Romanticism” in the Loke Yew Hall of the Hong Kong University to commemorate the centenary of the Hsinhai Revolution of 1911.
In September 2012, Wu was invited by the eminent Chinese conductor Mak Ka Lok to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano concerto.
In October 2012 – tour to Korea, Wu was invited to give a recital in the 32nd Tongyeong Art Festival, and afterwards to give recital and masterclass at the Dong-eui University in Busan.
In April 2013, Wu was invited by the Jinan University in Guangzhou to give a recital and masterclass.
In November 2013, Wu was invited by the Jinzhong Teachers University and the Xinzhou Teachers University to give recitals, masterclasses and a lecture “An Introduction to the Russian Piano School – History, Tradition and Spirit”.
In June 2015, Wu was invited by the Huizhou Culture and Arts Centre to hold charity activities such as lecture “Aesthetics and Basic Principles of the Russian Piano School” and masterclasses, as part of the series “Huizhou Grand Culture Lectures 2015”.
Wu frequently sits on the jury in various music competitions, including the Sino-Korean International Exchange Music Competition, Hong Kong – Asia Piano Open Competition, Macau – Asia Piano Open Competition, Hong Kong Children and Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong International Piano Open Competition (Chopin and Liszt Memorial Prizes), he was the Jury Chairman in the Preliminary Competitions of Chopin and Liszt Memorial Prizes in Beijing, West Guangdong and Huizhou regions.
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