Congratulations to our Alumni Elliot Wuu for being a recipient of 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award!
“Being a Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar, I have been given many opportunities to perform for children and families in different venues all over the world. With these experiences, I see the importance of my role as a classical music ambassador to younger generations, and has also really helped me grow as a musician. I have learned that music is a powerful art that can impact anyone of all ages. It is our job to impact this generation to love music and know that music can affect and inspire others positively. Working with the foundation has been and will always be a life-changing opportunity. It has been a pleasure working with Lang Lang and other scholars, making it a memorable and unforgettable learning experience.”
Elliot Wuu has won numerous state, national and international competitions and performed across the globe. In 2015, Elliot was awarded top prizes in four international competitions. He won First Prize in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artists, Second Prize and special Schubert Prize in the International e-Piano Junior Competition, Third Prize and special Mozart Prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition for the Young Artists, Second Prize and special Best Performance of a composition by Russian Composers in the 7th Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition.
Other notable top prizes he received include First Prize and Klavierhaus award for best performance of Romantic piece in the Inaugural Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition, First Prize in Young Musician Category and Second Prize in Junior Category of the San Jose International Piano Competition, and First Prize of the ENKOR Piano and Violin International Competition. Elliot was also two-time First Prize winner of the Pacific Musical Society Competition of which Yehudi Menuhin, Leon Fleisher, and Ruth Slenczynska were among the past winners; and at the turn of the century of the Pacific Musical Society, Elliot also won the special Centennial scholarship award for the best performance of all categories in the centennial competition. Elliot was the winner of 2013-2014 California MTNA Competition as well as the Southwest Division MTNA Competition, and he won Second Place in the MTNA National Competition. In 2012, he won the Junior Piano Award of the Mondavi Young Artists Competition. Furthermore he was a winner of the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition of the Peninsula Symphony and El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competition.
In 2015, Elliot has worked with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Maestro Chelsea Tipton, the Minnesota Orchestra with conductor Maestro Mark Russell Smith, and the Canton Symphony Orchestra with conductor Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman. In the 2015/2016 season, Elliot will again performed with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro John Morris Russell.
Since 2014, Elliot has been named a young scholar of Lang Lang International Music Foundation with the mission of inspiring and educating the next generation of classical music lovers and performers. In 2013, he was selected as one of the twelve young pianists from around the world to participate in the Inaugural Lang Lang Junior Music Camp in Munich, Germany, where he performed and worked with Lang Lang in concert and masterclass.
As a devout student of music, Elliot has learned from many great teachers, musicians, and mentors, near hometown or from afar at festivals. Born in September 1999 in Fremont, CA, Elliot began piano studies at the age of six. He is currently a San Francisco Conservatory of Music pre-college scholarship student under the tutelage of Yoshikazu Nagai. He has also learned from coaching of John Perry and piano studies with Jed Galant and Rose Chen. While attending Valley Christian High School, Elliot is also a music student of its Conservatory of the Arts program.
For further music study, Elliot has participated in international music festivals, including Amalfi Music & Arts Festival, Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival, International Piano Festival “Lato z Chopinem” in Poland, and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. He performed in masterclasses for such artists as Ruth Slenczynska, Dame Fanny Waterman, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Matti Raekallio, John Perry, Niel Immelman, Duane Hulbert, and Yin Chengzhong.
Elliot has performed in major venues in the U.S., Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland and China. He was featured in the NPR’s From the Top program broadcasted nation-wide. His performances at the Merkin Concert Hall was aired on WQXR. In NYC, he has also performed at the WQXR Greene Space and the United Nations Headquarters with Lang Lang. Other notable venues include Holywell Music Room where Haydn performed before, and the Pavilion at the Ravinia Festival. He also performed in Steinway Society Young Artist Concert, Pacific Musical Society Centennial Gala, Peninsula Symphony Family Concert, and Junior Bach Festival. Furthermore, Elliot likes to share his music with all ages and supports the community. He has regularly performed for benefit concerts, fundraising events, senior homes and school outreach.
Aside from music, Elliot enjoys golf, billiards and swimming. He is also a big fan of Peanuts Comics and especially loves Schroeder.