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Gilmore Young Artist Award 2018
Source: Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

The Gilmore Young Artist Award is presented every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S. pianists, age 22 and younger. Nominations are made by music professionals from around the world, and an anonymous selection committee evaluates the nominees over a period of time. Candidates for the Award are unaware that they are under consideration.

Each Gilmore Young Artist receives a $15,000 stipend to further their musical career and educational development, as well as a commission towards a new piano composition for which the artist will have exclusive performance rights for one year. This Award is strictly monetary and advisory, and does not involve managerial assistance from the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Since 1990, 34 pianists have been recognized as Gilmore Young Artists, with the two most recently named for 2018, Elliot Wuu and Wei Luo.


Elliot Wuu (2018)

Born in Fremont, California in 1999, Elliot Wuu began studying the piano at the age of 6. He was a pre-college student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and attended Valley Christian High School and Conservatory of the Arts in San Jose, California. Most recently, he has accepted a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School.

In 2017, Wuu was named the winner of the National Young Arts Competition and was a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts semifinalist. He is a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and a 2016-2021 MTAC Young Artist Guild (YAG) member, the highest honor bestowed to a California music student. In 2013, he was selected as one of the twelve pianists to participate in the inaugural Lang Lang Junior Music Camp in Munich, Germany, and he has performed in masterclasses for Dame Fanny Waterman, Leon Fleisher, and Gary Graffman.

His list of competition prizes includes first prize at Hilton Head, second prize at the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, and first prize at the Pacific Musical Society Competition, among many others. Over the years, Mr. Wuu has performed both with orchestras and as a soloist at major venues in North America, Europe, and Asia, including the Holywell Music Room (where Haydn performed), the Ravinia Festival, and Chicago’s Millennium Park. His performances have even been featured on WQXR and NPR’s From the Top.


Wei Luo (2018)

Born in Shenzhen, China in 1998, Wei Luo began piano lessons at age 5, and gave her debut recital in Hong Kong at age 6. In 2007, she attended the Shanghai Conservatory before being accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she studies with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. Ms. Luo has participated in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Seymour Lipkin, Abbey Simon, and Nelita True. In 2014, she was honored to be the artist selected to perform in the Dean’s Honors recital at Curtis.

She made her orchestral debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic in 2010, performing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 and, at 18, she has already explored a depth of core repertoire including concertos of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, as well as programs of Bach, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Ravel, and Haydn. In competitions across North America, Europe, and Asia, she has been awarded numerous top prizes, including the Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists in Poland and the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Frankfurt. This season she performed at Sonoma State University, Herbst Hall, and Festival Napa Valley at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.


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