2023-2024 CAPMT District 3 Spring Festival with Judge Dr. Hui Wu

Sunday, April 21, 2024

2:00 pm

Venue: St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Lomita

Chair: Danielle Yi


Application deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2024


Celebrate Spring!

Enroll your students in the CAPMT District 3 Spring Festival!

Repertoire Guidelines

The repertoire for the Spring Festival will be open to all periods and styles.

The format will be non-competitive recitals. Participating students will receive written comments from a well-qualified evaluator.

Repertoire may be one or two pieces, as long as they remain within the time limit.

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Certificate Program Syllabus will be used as a guide to determine the appropriate level of music for each category. (Please refer to https://www.rcmusic.com/learning/examinations/academic-resources-and-policies/syllabi-look-for-any-syllabus-below.)

Category Time Limits

Elementary (Prep A through level 2) - 5 minutes

Intermediate (Levels 3 through Level 6) - 7 minutes

Advanced (Levels 7 through 10 and higher) - 12 minutes

Application Fees 

Elementary Solo- $30

Elementary Ensemble- $40

Intermediate Solo- $40

Intermediate Ensemble- $50

Advanced Solo- $50

Advanced Ensemble- $60

(Online Application Form is available for Solo students only. If you have ensemble entries, please contact Danielle Yi at springfestival@capmtdistrict3.org)

Meet the Judge 

"A pianist of true distinction, meaning everything she plays has a form of originality and imagination, really, you must hear her!" – David Dubal

Praised as "sparkling" by The New York Times and "a rising star" by China Musical Weekly, pianist Hui Wu has continued to display her versatility in a creative approach to programming which stems from a contemporary/classical music duality.

Recent performance highlights include premieres in Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Concert at Disney Concert Hall; west coast premiere of Merrill Songs by Matthew Aucoin; "Art as Activism" concert with Christopher Rountree and contemporary ensemble wild Up; debut of her "Lone Journey" multimedia project in collaboration with the USC Thornton Arts Leadership Program, in addition to chamber music appearances with Rainer Honeck, Stefan Dohr, Sarah Willis, and Stefan Ragnar Haskuldsson.

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In the past seasons, her performances have included solo recital tours and masterclasses in China and Germany. Other highlights included opening night concert in the Tully Scope Festival in Lincoln Center with Jeffrey Milarsky and contemporary ensemble Axiom, chamber music appearances with choreographer Zach Winokur and the Juilliard Dance Division in ChamberFest at Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and celebration of the centennial of John Cage on the FOCUS! festival. She has appeared with New Juilliard Ensemble, Thornton Edge Contemporary Ensemble, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Moorpark Symphony, and the Xia’men Symphony Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast live on WQXR 93.6 FM and KUSC 91.5 FM.

As an avid chamber musician, Hui has been invited to festivals such as at Taos School of Music, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, International Summer Music Festival in Goslar, Germany, PianoTexas Festival, and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. She is the founder of ensemble demitasse and trio E’Toile. Her mentors and collaborators include musical legends such as Michel Beroff, Malcolm Bilson, Peter Donohoe, Peter Frankl, Margo Garrett, Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, Susan Narucki, Charles Neidich, Menahem Pressler, Gary Wedow, GuangRen Zhou, Robert McDonald, Michael Tree, as well as the Brentano, Borromeo, and the ShangHai Quartets among others.

An advocate of new music and a composer herself, Hui has performed and premiered numerous contemporary works by composers such as Matthew Aucoin, Du Yun, Huang Ruo, Chen Yi, Jeffrey Parola, Eric Nathan, Paul Chihara, and Elliott Schwartz among others. Hui has collaborated with Juilliard’s Dance Division on her composition Simogatas for soprano and piano four hands. In addition, her Three Little Pieces for Orchestra (2011) was premiered by conductor Euntaek Kim and the Double Visions Orchestra. Her other compositions vocal and instrumental works have also been premiered and performed in New York, Los Angeles, and in China. Recently, she premiered her Aprés Notations (2015) to pay tribute to Pierre Boulez and That Light In My Dream (2017) at unSUNg: Songs Uncommon and New with soprano Kyra Folk-Farber.

Born in China, Hui started her musical training at the age of four. At the age of thirteen, she made her debut recital in GuangDong Concert Hall with 12 Chopin Etudes and Liszt Rhapsodies. She has won numerous competitions including first prizes in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York, the Murray Dranoff International Artists Competition in Miami, the Beverly Hills National Auditions, and the 65th Steinway International Piano Competition. Hui has also won top prizes in the Ettlingen International Competition in Germany, the Corpus Christi International Competition, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Award, Young Artists Concerto Competition in Texas, the National Youth Piano Competition of GulangYu International Piano Art Festival and the Golden Clock Piano Competition in China.

Hui studied at The Juilliard School for her Bachelor and Master’s degrees with full scholarship. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Her teachers include Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, Stewart Gordon, and Donald Crockett. Currently, Hui serves on faculty at The Colburn School, Moorpark College, Cal Lutheran University, and Junior Chamber Music.

For more information about Hui, please visit www.huiwupianist.com

Watch the past year's Virtual Spring Festival:

2018 District 3 Spring Festival with judge for the event, USC Professor Antoinette Perry 

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