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“Classical music is my best friend who can comfort me, inspire me, encourage me, and chat with me in my heart. It is an eternal, unsurpassed culture, and I hope I can become a narrator of music to help spread it.”

Zhonghua Wei began his piano studies piano with Jay Sun, his current teacher, when he was 5 years old, gave his solo recital debut at the age of 10, and by the age of 12 had studied the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, etudes of Chopin and Liszt, and Mozart Sonatas. Currently attending the Xinghai Conservatory Middle School, he has placed in several national Chinese competitions, including Pearl River Kayserburg (first), Steinway (second), and Xinghai Cup (first). And he just won the 2023 Hilton Head International Competition in South Carolina. Of his approach to music, he says: “The music itself drives me to play it. I think it is so interesting and beautiful—carrying life, history, and feelings—and I want to find out these things, to perform what the composers want to say, to integrate my own understanding in it.” Coming to the Cliburn Junior, he’s looking forward to receiving feedback from the jurors and other experts, and to hearing and making friends with the participants. Outside of the piano, Zhonghua enjoys reading, badminton, biking, and meditation.


Preliminary Round

BACH Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 870
LISZT Transcendental Etude No. 5 “Feux follets”
MEDTNER Sonata tragica, op. 39, no. 5

Quarterfinal Round

MOZART Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457 (I)
TCHAIKOVSKY Romance in F Major, op. 51, no. 5
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Paganini, op. 35, Book I

Semifinal Round – Recital

UNSUK CHIN Etudes Nos. 1, 4, 5
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, op. 13

Semifinal Round – Concerto Movement

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124 (II, III, IV)

Final Round – Concerto 

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124


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