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A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant administered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Career Advancement Award given by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and a Scholarship award by the Feltsman Piano Foundation. Kuok-Wai Lio is a student at Park University’s International Center for Music. The Vancouver Sun calls him “a musician’s musician,” and The New York Times touts his “hypnotic” effect. The Macau-born pianist has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras all around the world, including the China Philharmonic, Macau Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, the Kansas City Symphony with Michael Stern, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His prize-winning ways have also reached around the globe. When he is not ensconced in his music activities, the talented pianist is found reading, walking in nature, and cooking with friends. He is interested in art, literature, poetry, psychology, philosophy, theology, history, and languages. He speaks English, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, and is working on Hebrew. 

Featured in the March 13, 2023 issue of The Independent. 


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