October 19-24, 2015

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Weiwen Ma

China

Weiwen Ma, pianist, a native of Shanghai, China, has been described by world celebrated pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi as “[having] flare and technical prowess. Her keyboard skills are remarkable.” 

At the tender age of 16, Ms. Ma received numerous invitations to perform concerts at some of China's most prestigious venues, including the Shanghai Concert Hall and the Shanghai Great Grand Theater. In 2008, she won a Bronze medal at the First Chinese International Piano competition and subsequently performed in the winner's concert at The Town Hall in NYC. Shortly thereafter, she performed with the Cleveland Institute of Music's orchestra after having won first place in concerto competition. Immediately following her performance with CIM orchestra, she made her Carnegie Weill Hall debut in May 2009 as the winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International piano competition. Most recently Ms. Ma performed a solo recital at Pianoforte foundation Salon Series in March 2015. The concert was live broadcast on Chicago Classical Radio Station WFMT 98.7 FM. She is also the prize winner of many other international piano competitions including The World Piano Competition, the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano & Strings, the Kankakee Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Thousand Islands Piano Competition. Additionally, she performs regularly abroad in countries such as China, Italy, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, and Poland.

Ms. Ma received her Bachelor's degree in piano performance in 2007 from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Robert Shannon. In 2010 she completed her Master's degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Currently, she is studying with George Vatchnadtze at DePaul School of Music in Chicago. She has worked with and attended masterclasses of famous teachers throughout the world such as Sergei Babayan, Alexander Toradze, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Emanuel Krosovsky, Vladmir Viardo, Fou Ts'ong, and Russell Sherman.

Program: 

First Round
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No.22 in B-flat minor BWV 891, WTC I
Chopin Etude Op.25, No.10
Scriabin Etude Op.42, No.5
Chopin Scherzo No.4,in E Major, Op 54

Semifinal Round
Chopin Mazurka Op.33 No.1 in G-sharp minor
Chopin Mazurka Op.33 No.2 in C Major
Chopin Mazurka Op. 22 No.4 in B minor
Ravel Miroirs
   Une Barque sur l’ocean
   Alborada del Gracioso
Scriabin Sonata No.5 ,Op.53
Balakirev Islamey

Final Round
Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23

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