Since a tender age, I have demonstrated a keen interest in music, especially in piano performance. I started studying piano when I was 7 years old. In 2001, I completed my undergraduate studies from the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China, majoring in music and piano performance. In the process, I acquired a diverse repertoire of which I also had many opportunities to perform on stage as well as participate in piano competitions. I find these to be very important in honing my performance skills.

I immigrated to Canada in 2003. Since then I have been studying piano with Dr. Angela Chan in Montreal. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Advanced Diploma in Music Performance Studies at the music department of Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec).

Music and piano playing are my greatest passion, because they give me happiness, reward and courage. The journey of studying piano performance has assisted me in developing a deeper understanding of music and piano performance skills.

I understand that despite devotion and dedication, there is still so much to be learnt with regard to a musical career. I am willing and committed, however, to devote my efforts to achieve higher artistic goals.

Thoughts on Working with Angela:

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Angela is my first piano teacher in Canada, when I came to Montreal in 2003. I felt that in the last four years, I have learnt so much from Angela. The most important aspect I learnt was about listening. She told me that a musician needs to have “musical ears”. By that, Angela meant that I have to be sensitive to every sound I make at the piano. To help me better listen to myself, we sometimes record my playing during our lessons, and we then listened to the recordings together. We analyzed the tonal qualities, phrasings, colors, and discussed how to go about the best interpretation based on what I preferred.

The second thing I learnt from Angela is about using the hand efficiently and strategically. Since I have relatively small hands, I encountered a number of problems when I had to negotiate difficult passages – for instance, spanning octaves, playing loud and strong passages while sustaining power and endurance. Angela helped me find the appropriate hand and body movements, so that I will not feel excessive tension, fatigue or pain.

The third aspect I learnt is how to practice effectively. Prior to working with Angela, I had always been dissatisfied with my approach to practice, however, I was unable to identify the cause. I discussed this issue with Angela, and after experimenting with different approaches, we identified the problem. She helped me make appropriate connections between what I learned during our lessons to the actual implementation of effective home practice. Angela gave me some insightful suggestions regarding effective and strategic practice, which I still apply to my work to this day. Angela is a great piano teacher. I always think I am so lucky to have met her.

Wei Tu

Wei Tu

Years playing piano: Since age 7
Years with Angela Chan: since 2003