Watch his Competition Finals performance on YouTube.
Born in Qingdao, China, pianist Wenjie Lu began playing the piano at the age of five. When he was ten years old, he was admitted into the Elementary School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, one of the most prestigious and competitive music schools in China. His teacher was Zhang Jin, known for producing outstanding young pianists. At the age of 15, Wenjie made his concerto debut in Guangzhou, performing the Yellow River Concerto with the Youth Orchestra. Winning many competitions, his performances have taken him to a number of cities in Asia, North America and Europe. In 2009, Wenjie received the Global Ambassador scholarship to study at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio under the tutelage of Dr. Tianshu Wang. His many honors include the Keller Award for Outstanding Freshman, the Karen Jeanne Forster Keyboard Award and the Presser Foundation Award for Outstanding Junior. He was the state winner of MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in 2011 and won the first prize at the OMTA/ Graves Young Artist Piano Competition in 2013. Wenjie received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from Eastman School of Music and is currently a candidate for a Doctoral of Musical Art degree at Eastman. He is the recipient of the Lowry Award, studying with Professor Barry Snyder.