Hailed as “one of the most gifted pianists of her generation” for her “musical variety, profundity and sensitivity” by Vlado Perlemuter, Ravel’s pupil
Praised by the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, who performed with Wu in Europe, as having “a captivating poetical quality to her playing”, she is also praised by many critics as a “world class pianist”
A Mozart enthusiast, winner of the Mozart Bicentenary piano competition of Asia; Ravel’s music occupies special place in her musical thinking
Published many CD recordings including the most recent Ravel’s “complete piano works” on Universal label
Founding member of the Bauhinia Piano Trio ; Sits on jury panels of national and international piano competitions
The French Connections
Internationally renowned pianist Mary Wu presents masterworks of Chopin, Scriabin, Mompou, Ravel and Messiaen, all favorite sojourners of Paris at one point or another in their lives. Poetry has an effect on each of these great masters. Inspired by poetry, the Ballade genre for piano was invented by Chopin like never before; Scriabin (“Poèmes”) and Mompou’s (“Palmier d’étoiles”, “Jeune filles au jardin”) music evoked poetry; Ravel wrote “Gaspard de la nuit” depicting the fantastical after reading Bertrand’s poems and Messiaen was, in his own way, inspired by the poetry of nature, that of birdsong.