Wenhong Luo - Viola

Wenhong Luo started to learn the violin when she was 4 years old, and at the age of 9 she won the Silver Award of the first National Children’s Art Competition. She entered the Beijing's Music School attached to Central Conservatory of Music and changed to the viola in 2004. During her studies at the school, she held the post of  principal violist in the China Juvenile Symphony Orchestra for 3 years. In 2006, she won first place in the Central Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. At the age of 16, she performed the Walton viola concerto with China Broadcast Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, she was interviewed by magazines “Strad” and “China Music”, with the titles “Future Star” and “violist of the future”. In 2009, with orchestra, she performed “La Campanella” for the first time, which achieved great success. In 2010 she moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Martin Outram. She won the Theodore Holland Viola Prize in 2010, and also the 3rd prize of the 19th Johnnes Brahms international competition in Austria in 2012. She was a prize was one of the semi-finalist and special prizes winner of the Lionel Tertis viola competition in the Isle of Man in 2013, and in the summer she played Hindemith's “Tauermusik” with orchestra in Italy, conducted by Professor Hartmut Rohde. She is now studying with ‪Kim Kashkashian in Boston at the new England Conservatory of Music. In March 2016, she went back to the Tertis competition and awarded the 3rd prize! She used a 1776 Gaspar Lorenzini viola which was kindly on loan by Reuning & son violins in Boston.