Concert Review: Di Wu, piano
Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic David Patrick Stearns and Music Web International Critic Bernard Jacobson reviewed Di Wu's piano recital on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 8 pm at the American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall. Presented by PCMS, the concert featured a program of works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Brahms.
In his Inquirer review, "Di Wu impresses, but at a distance," Stearns says that "local favorite" Wu's "playing was wonderful, particularly in the Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, which had her hands often shooting in opposite directions on the keyboard with force and accuracy." Yet Stearns finds himself wondering why he doesn't feel closer to the artist, concluding that Wu's "won a place in her audience's ears. Now it's time for her to go deeper." Read the full review on Philly.com.
In his article, "Dazzling Work from a Young Chinese-American Pianist (No, Not That One)", Jacobson identifies Wu as "a big pianist, with a clearly major future." "Ms. Wu drew every possible ounce of sonority and every conceivable color from (the Brahms and Prokofiev works), phrasing with impeccable taste and eloquence, and balancing lines and textures through skillful but never excessive use of the sustaining pedal." Read the full review on Seen and Heard International.