Dr Sheng-chung Wu
Dr Sheng-Chung Wu was born in Hong Kong to a family of music lovers. After finishing his secondary education, Dr Wu entered the Chinese University of Hong Kong to study mathematics and music. He studied under eminent Hong Kong pianist Raymond Young. After graduating from the University's mathematics department with honours, Dr Wu decided to dedicate himself entirely to music and travelled to Moscow to perfect his craft. He entered the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and specialised in piano performance there. His instructors included world-class talent, including N. Starkmann, L. Fichtenholz, M. Lidsky, A. Nasedkin, D. Galynin, and V. Chachava. In 2006, Dr Wu graduated from the Conservatoire with excellent results and was, in fact, the first-ever musician from Hong Kong or Macao to matriculate from the institution. Subsequently, he was accepted into the Conservatoire's post-graduate school, where he pursued a double doctorate in piano performance and chamber ensemble. Dr Wu is also the Conservatoire's first international student to study two doctorate programmes simultaneously. In addition, he also studied conducting under the former rector of the Conservatoire, B. Koulikov. Dr Wu is regularly invited to perform at music festivals and concerts in various concert halls, museums, and churches across Russia, Europe, Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Macau. His repertoire includes works by Western European and Russian composers of various epochs and styles.
Dr Wu is devoted to interpretations of music by A. Scriabin and K. Szymanowski. In March 2007, the famous Russian conductor E. Serov invited Dr Wu to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in Volgograd with the Volgograd Academic Symphonic Orchestra. In May 2007, Dr Wu won 2nd prize at the 3rd International Festival of Slavic Music in Moscow (the theme was Polish Music). In May 2008, he won 5th prize at the 2nd Russian Season in Yekaterinburg (Russia) and also took home special prize honours for the best performance of A. Arensky's works. That same year, he was invited by the Hong Kong Piano Music Association to give a lecture about Russian Music at City Hall. In October 2009, Dr Wu finished his post-graduate studies at the Moscow Conservatoire and the following January, he performed concerts in Warszawa, Poland. In September 2010, Dr Wu was invited by the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts to lecture on the Russian piano tradition. He gave a rousing performance at the East Asia New Music Festival in Hong Kong two months later. In March 2011, Dr Wu was invited by the Hong Kong Institute of Education to give a piano masterclass. In July, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department invited him to perform an all-Liszt recital Franz Liszt and the Age of Romanticismin the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre as part of the Our Music Talents Series. This was an event during the Liszt & Mahler Yearto commemorate the bicentennial birth of Franz Liszt. In October 2011, Dr Wu gave a recital Revolution and Romanticismin Loke Yew Hall at Hong Kong University to commemorate the centenary of the Shinai Revolution of 1911. In September 2012, Dr Wu was invited by the eminent Chinese conductor Make Ka Lok to perform Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. The following month, Dr Wu tours Korea while also reciting at the 32nd Tongyeong Arts Festival and a masterclass at Dong-etui University in Busan. In April 2013, Dr Wu was invited by Jinan University in Guangzhou to give a recital and masterclass. In November that year, the Jinzhong Teachers University and the Xinzhou Teachers University invited him to give recitals, masterclasses and a lecture entitled - An Introduction to the Russian Piano School – History, Tradition and Spirit.In June 2015, Dr Wu was invited by the Huizhou Culture and Arts Centre to lead a series of charity activities, including a lecture on Aesthetics and Basic Principles of the Russian Piano Schooland masterclasses, comprising the Huizhou Grand Culture Lectures 2015. Since 2006, Dr Wu has been a jury member at several music competitions, including the Hong Kong – Asia, and Macau – Asia Piano Open Competitions, the Hong Kong Children and Youth Piano Competition, and the International Youth Arts Festival in Hong Kong. In addition to piano performances and pedagogy, Dr Wu also has a passion for orchestral conducting. In 2018, he established the Jeunehomme Chamber Orchestra, which has performed regularly since its inception. The repertoire includes orchestral works by Bach and Mozart and piano concertos by Mozart and Chopin. Dr Wu currently teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Education University. He is also a visiting professor at the Jinzhong Teachers College and Xinzhou Teachers University in Shanxi, China.