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About: Chi Wei Lo
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, pianist Chi Wei Lo started studying piano at the age of three. He soon established himself as one of the prominently gifted children in the country, and has experienced success sharing his sincere love for music, winning all the major national piano competitions. After winning First Prize in the Chinese Performing Arts Festival in 2005, he performed Liszt’s Totentanz with Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Boston’s Esplanade, under the baton of Jonathan McPhee. Lo’s creativity and style made the year 2008 marked by numerous accomplishments, including First Prize in the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition, The New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School Concerto Competition in the top category. In the year of 2010, Lo would go on to win the Steinway competition.
Along with standard repertoire, Lo has arranged songs from pop and rock artists including Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Queen, and has received praises for these repertoires in Asia, the United States, and Europe. Having graduated from the Juilliard School under the guidance of Mr. Jerome Lowenthal and Mr. Hung Kuan Chen in 2016, Lo also enjoys an active schedule of performances as a soloist and chamber player and is expanding his creativity through different genres of music. In 2017, Lo became a doctoral candidate at the New England Conservatory, majoring in contemporary piano improvisation, under the guidance of Ran Blake and Anthony Coleman. Performances in 2018 include a debut at TECO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York) with New Asia Chamber Society; a debut at Tufts University with Psychopomp, improvising on the “intermezzo” of the silent film, "Metropolis" (1927), using a prepared piano and newly made percussion instruments.
During the summer of 2018, Mr. Lo received high praise for his interdisciplinary piano recital, “Declaration of Aesthetics,” which acts out the life of Vincent van Gogh. In addition, Lo was commissioned by the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation (KRTC) to write a composition, “For Kaohsiung,” in celebration of its 10 years anniversary, and was invited to participate in a series of related events including a press conference, a flashmob recital, and the printing of Lo’s limited edition Metro card.
To celebrate his new album, 12/12, which was released in November, Lo’s promotional tour included appearances in more than ten radio stations in Taiwan and two benefit concerts for the Kaohsiung City Cerebral Palsy Association. “I have always felt that musicians have a responsibility to help and give back to their community,” said Lo. “We must not forget our roots, and that’s why I have chosen to start charity events in Kaohsiung, my birth city, with hopes to expand and give back to more communities worldwide.”