Praised by the New York Times as a pianist with “assurance and vitality,” 23-year-old Alan Woo has already acquired considerable performance experience since starting the piano at age four.
Most recently, Mr. Woo won the Juilliard School’s 2014 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include top prizes at the 2013 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, 2012 PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the 2010 Juilliard Concerto Competition, and second and audience prize at the IIYM International Piano Competition in 2009.
In December of 2010, Mr. Woo made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall, performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The New York Times described his performance as “unerring: he produced the speed and fury required in the outer movements but maintained the control necessary to keep the rapid piano figuration fully in sync […] The other side of his pianism — the gentle, pianissimo playing […] was equally impressive.”
Mr. Woo has also collaborated with conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Tito Muñoz in solo appearances with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. Other recent performances include solo recital engagements throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. Mr. Woo has been featured on The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase broadcasted on WQXR in New York, and has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Lied Center at Kansas University, Lawrence Arts Center, and at the U.S. Department of State. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Woo has made appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Juilliard School’s ChamberFest, and Morningside Music Bridge in Shanghai, China.
Born in Arlington, Virginia, Mr. Woo completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Juilliard as a student of Robert McDonald. Prior to his acceptance at Juilliard, Mr. Woo graduated from the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California, where he studied piano with Scott McBride Smith and Douglas Ashcraft. His past teachers have also included Rosita Kerr Mang.
This performance marks Alan Woo’s La Jolla Music Society debut.