Lio Kuok-Wai

About
Lio Kuok-Wai

A frequent participant in the Marlboro Music Festival and Marlboro on Tour, Kuok-Wai has collaborated with musicians such as Kim Kashkashian, Pamela Frank, Harvey de Souza, Cho-Liang Lin, Marc Neikrug, Christoph Richter, Hsin-Yun Huang, and members of the Shanghai, Julliard, Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets. At an anniversary celebration of Sándor Végh, founding member of the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Kuok-Wai was chosen to take part in masterclasses and concerts at Wigmore Hall in London and the Salzburg Festival. 

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman, pianist Lio Kuok-Wai is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant administered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Career Advancement Award given by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Scholarship Awards by the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Feltsman Piano Foundation.

"A Musician's Musician"

- The Vancouver Sun

Praised by the Vancouver Sun as a “musician’s musician,” the Macau-born pianist’s dedication, intelligence and artistic accomplishments have already earned him a splendid reputation in the classical music field.

Kuok-Wai has studied with Gabriel Kwok at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Peter Frankl and Boris Berman at the Yale University, Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas, and Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University. In addition, he was invited by Sir András Schiff and Leon Fleisher to take part in their masterclasses.

A sought-after chamber musician, he was invited to the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed with musicians such as Kim Kashkashian, Pamela Frank, Harvey de Souza, Cho-Liang Lin, Marc Neikrug, Christoph Richter, Hsin-Yun Huang, and members of the Shanghai, Julliard, Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets. At an anniversary celebration of Sándor Végh, founding member of the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Kuok-Wai was chosen to take part in masterclasses and concerts at Wigmore Hall in London and the Salzburg Festival. 

Praised by the Vancouver Sun as a “musician’s musician,” the Macau-born pianist’s dedication, intelligence and artistic accomplishments have already earned him a splendid reputation in the classical music field.

Kuok-Wai has studied with Gabriel Kwok at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Peter Frankl and Boris Berman at the Yale University, Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas, and Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University. In addition, he was invited by Sir Andras Schiff and Leon Fleisher to take part in their masterclasses.

Lio Kuok-Wai Has Performed At

Weill Recital Hall

At Carnegie Hall

New York City
New York

Tonhalle Zürich

Concert Hall

Zürich
Switzerland

Herkulessaal

Munich
Germany

Forbidden City

Concert Hall

Beijing
China

Daiichi Semei

HALL

Tokyo
Japan

Benjamin Franklin Hall

American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania

Terrace Theater

At the Kennedy Center

Washington D.C.
United States

Hong Kong

Government House

Hong Kong
China

Golandsky Institute

At Princeton University

Princeton
New Jersey

Oberlin

Conservatory

Oberlin
Ohio

Ravinia Festival

Highland Park
Illinois

Gilmore Rising Stars

Kalamazoo
Michigan

Santa Fe Chamber

Music Festival

Santa Fe
New Mexico

Amelia Island

Music Festival

Fernandina Beach
Florida

Philadelphia

Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

Gina Bachauer

International Piano Foundation

Salt Lake City,
Utah

Kissinger Sommer

Music Festival

Bavaria
Germany

Klavier-Festival Ruhr

Music Festival

Ruhr
Germany

Fondazione William Walton

at Giardini La Mortella

Ischia
Italy

Communion & Liberation

Conference

Atchison
Kansas

Peggy Rockefeller Concerts

At Rockefeller University

New York City
New York

State University

Of New York

Albany
New York

Vancouver Recital

Society

Vancouver
Canada

Hong Kong Arts

Festival

Hong Kong
China

Foundation For

Chinese Performing Arts

Boston
Massachusetts

Weill Recital Hall

At Carnegie Hall

New York City
New York

Tonhalle Zürich

Concert Hall

Zürich
Switzerland

Herkulessaal

Munich
Germany

Forbidden City

Concert Hall

Beijing
China

Daiichi Semei

HALL

Tokyo
Japan

Benjamin Franklin Hall

American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania

Terrace Theater

At the Kennedy Center

Washington D.C.
United States

Hong Kong

Government House

Hong Kong
China

Golandsky Institute

At Princeton University

Princeton
New Jersey

Oberlin

Conservatory

Oberlin
Ohio

Ravinia Festival

Highland Park
Illinois

Gilmore Rising Stars

Kalamazoo
Michigan

Santa Fe Chamber

Music Festival

Santa Fe
New Mexico

Amelia Island

Music Festival

Fernandina Beach
Florida

Philadelphia

Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

Gina Bachauer

International Piano Foundation

Salt Lake City
Utah

Kissinger Sommer

Music Festival

Bavaria
Germany

Klavier-Festival Ruhr

Music Festival

Ruhr
Germany

Fondazione William Walton

at Giardini La Mortella

Ischia
Italy

Communion & Liberation

Conference

Atchison
Kansas

Peggy Rockefeller Concerts

At Rockefeller University

New York City
New York

State University

Of New York

Albany
New York

Vancouver Recital

Society

Vancouver
Canada

Hong Kong Arts

Festival

Hong Kong
China

Foundation For

Chinese Performing Arts

Boston
Massachusetts

More On
Lio Kuok-Wai

Lio Kuok-Wai was featured in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2023.

Achievements

Since his concerto debut at the age of ten with the Macau Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the Macau Arts Festival in 2000, Kuok-Wai has performed with orchestras that include the China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and conductors Li Xin-Cao, Edo de Waart, Francois Xavier-Roth, and Michael Stern.

A top prize winner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition, Fulbright Concerto Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia, International Institute for Young Musicians Piano Competition, Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Steinway & Sons International Piano Competition, Kuok-Wai received the Título Honorífico de Valor (Honourific Title of Merit) given by the former Chief Executive of Macau, Ho Hau Wah. He was invited to perform for Hu Jin Tao, then President of the People’s Republic of China; the late Stanley Ho; Tung Chee Wha, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong; and Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.