Born in Macau in 1989, Lio began his piano studies at the age of five. In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and in 2006 he entered the Curtis Institute of Music. His principal teachers have included Gabriel Kwok and Gary Graffman. Most recently, Lio has been working regularly with András Schiff at international master classes and festivals in Europe.
Last season Lio replaced an indisposed Radu Lupu on the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York to rave reception.
Lio has received prizes in international competitions including the Fulbright, Gina Bachauer, Seiler, Steinway, Ettlingen and Chopin (Tokyo). In January 2004, he was awarded a Commendation of Merit given by the Chief Executive of Macau. Lio is a recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
… rhythmically crisp, beautifully facile, with not a single great tone but several. His sound production deepened as a thing of wonder …
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Excerpt from Kuok-Wai Lio playing Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze
LaSells Stewart Center — May 3, 2015
Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6
Humoreske, in B-flat major, Op. 20 Einfach Hastig Einfach und zart Sehr lebhaft Mit einigem Pomp Zum Beschluss
Sonata in G major, D. 894