Join us on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 3:00 pm for a performance by the distinguished pianist Kuok-Wai Lio.


Program

Composer Work Catalog Year
Robert Schumann Arabeske in C major Op. 18 1839
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in A major D. 959 1828
Intermission
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23 1835
Alexander Scriabin Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Op. 9 1894
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52 1842


About the Artist

Kuok-Wai Lio

A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, pianist Kuok-Wai Lio was a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant administered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Career Advancement Award given by Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

Praised by the Vancouver Sun as a “musician’s musician” and for his “sensitive playing” by the New York Times, the Macau-born pianist is active as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. He has performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, and Herkulessaal in Munich. He was chosen to step in for the legendary pianist, Radu Lupu, for a recital in Town Hall, New York to critical acclaim.

Kuok-Wai has studied under Gabriel Kwok, Gary Graffman, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Jack Winerock, Stanislav Ioudenitch, and others. His mentors include Imogen Cooper, Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss. He was invited by Sir András Schiff to take part in many of his masterclasses in Europe, and by Leon Fleisher to attend his mentorship program at Caramoor in upstate New York.

A frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, Kuok-Wai has performed with musicians such as Peter Wiley, Kim Kashkashian, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin, Peter Stumpf, Joseph Lin, Christoph Richter, Hsin-Yun Huang, Zoltan Fejevari, Oliver Herbert, Andrei Ionita, Ben Beilman, Danbi Um, the Shanghai Quartet, and others. During an anniversary celebration of Sandor Vegh and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Kuok-Wai was chosen to perform in masterclasses and concerts at Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salzburg Festival. He has also performed at a Schubertiade curated by Vancouver Recital Society, alongside pianists Inon Barnatan and Jonathan Biss.