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Hwaen Ch'uqi

Extant Romanticism: Western Composition Through Inca Eyes
Video Description: 

waen Ch'uqi impresses with his two compositions: Flit of the Fireflies Upon a Summer Rain, CWV 34, No. 7 and Etude, CWV 15, No. 7

Hwaen Ch'uqi is a world-renowned soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, improviser, and composer who is proud to call Rochester, NY home. An Inca Indian and a native of Peru, he began his musical studies at the age of five, upon arriving to the United States; he gave his first public recital the following year. Mr. Ch'uqi holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Natalya Antonova. He quickly distinguished himself as one of the rare pianists to be three times invited as a fellow to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center; there, he studied with such luminaries as Gilbert Kalish and Leon Fleisher.

Mr. Ch'uqi was a semifinalist at the Second Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow, garnering the Special Prize, and he was a finalist at the 17th International Piano Duo Composition Competition in Tokyo, Japan. He has performed throughout the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, Taiwan, and Japan in such venues as Seiji Ozawa Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Knitting Factory, and Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He can be heard on recordings produced by Bramble Brook Space Records and Concert Artists Guild.

It is Mr. Ch'uqi's fervent prayer that such music as he is privileged to render may serve as a catalyst for wondrous change in the lives of all who hear it.