Weiwen Ma, Pianist

Weiwen Ma

 

Weiwen Ma, pianist, a native of Shanghai, China, has been described by her teacher, world celebrated pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi as “ (She) plays with flare and technical prowess. Her keyboard skills are remarkable.”
 

Since a very young age, she was invited to perform numerous concerts at China's most prestigious venues, notably Shanghai Concert Hall and Shanghai Great Grand Theater. After winning the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) concerto competition, she performed with the CIM orchestra in February 2009. Following her performance with CIM orchestra, she made her Carnegie Weill Hall debut in May 2009 as the winner of Bradshaw & Buono International piano competition. After winning a Bronze medal at the First Chinese International Piano competition, pshe had her first appearance at The Town Hall in Manhattan in 2008. She is also the prize winner of many other international piano competitions including The World Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano & Strings, Kankakee Young Artist Piano Competition, and Thousand Islands Piano Competition.

 

Ms. Ma came to the United States at the age of eighteen for further study at Oberlin Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor's degree under Robert Shannon. After graduating, she moved to Cleveland and began to study with Antonio Pompa-Baldi, where she earned a Master's degree. She has worked with and attended masterclasses of  famous teachers throughout the world such as Sergei Babayan, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Emanuel Krosovsky, Vladmir Viardo, Fou Ts'ong, and Russell Sherman.

 

 Active in contemporary ensemble work, She has premiered works by award winning composer and conductor Ruo Huang at the Aspen Music Festival in 2005. She has collaborated with local artists and worked on a set of songs by Dr. Frank Wiley who is a composer and a professor at Kent State University. The performance was broadcasted on WCLV 104.9.

Ms. Ma has also been performing at most important venues in Cleveland such as Tuesday Recital Series. After a perfomance she played in 2013, Tuesday Musical Newsletter gushed: "I 'm still not sure how Weiwen physically created the sophistication and finesse required to command the technical and musical magnitude of the Ravel or Chopin on an instrument whose tonal capacity and action were, shall we respectfully say, 'Limited...' That is the signature of a fine artist."

Currently, Ms.Ma is studying with George Vatchnadtze at DePaul School of Music for a Performance Certificate Degree. Shortly after she moved to Chicago in the fall of 2014, her debut recital in Chicago was performed at PianoForte Foundation "Salon Series". It was broadcasted live national wise on WFMT 98.7 and YouTube Live streaming in March, 2015.