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East-West Fusion: In Perfect Harmony

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Published on Nov 17, 2011

Diandian Wu (1986-) has a Master of Arts degree in Chinese literature and art from Columbia University. He is a member of both the Chinese National Artists Association and the American Pianists Association, and is proficient in piano, violin, and several Chinese instruments like erhu, jinghu, banhu, guqin, and bamboo flute. In 2003 he gave his first piano recital in Beijing. In 2004 he received first place in the Chinese National Piano Competition among 400 excellent pianists. In 2008, he published a CD album, "Dancing with Literature and Music-Diandian Wu's Accomplishments Album of Chinese Literature and Music," that comprehensively demonstrates his achievements in Chinese literature, language, and music. In 2010, he gave a jinghu solo performance in Columbia's Chinese New Year Gala and a solo concert at Columbia University playing piano and different Chinese instruments. This attracted many students from several countries and was reported by the Xinhua News Agency: "Wu Diandian's performance is extremely professional." The Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in New York stated, "His jinghu performance is very touching." In the beginning of 2011, he was invited to play a piano solo of Chopin's Polonaise at Carnegie Hall, and on January 29, he was invited to give a jinghu solo performance of Beijing opera at Harvard University's Sanders Theater. After his performance, more than 1,200 audiences gave him enthusiastic applause, prompting him to play an encore piano solo. World Journal remarked, "His performance is very superb, which won prolonged applause of audiences."

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