"Last night’s concert...was one of those rare transcendent moments in music that moves the audience to a different reality. Kuok-Wai Lio held us spell-bound with the overwhelming beauty of his performances of three pieces from the classical repertoire."
Sibylle Barrasso, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation: Kuok-Wai Lio
by Les Roka, The Utah Review
The 2022-23 concert series of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation opened with a masterly display of holistic musical emotion in Kuok-Wai Lio’s presentation of Schubert’s final three piano sonatas. A 2005 Bachauer gold medalist, Kuok-Wai delivered a memorable valedictory performance of these works, showing his profound admiration for this extraordinary trio of sonatas.
He was ideally precise and delicate in the right moments and spontaneously virtuosic whenever the music required it. His performance also revealed a great deal about his expressive personality. There was a soothing mellowness shrouding the music for the evening, which actually flew by quickly.