Mark Nucio About Mei Rui

The Bronze Medalist of the World Piano Competition in 2015, Dr. Mei Rui was praised by the Boston Globe as a “riveting”virtuoso, by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a “brilliant pianist with a satiny touch,” and by Boston Musical Intelligencer as an artist with “deeply felt and intense musicality.” New York Classical Review writes of the Grammy-nominated recording “Three by Three” by Eric Nathan (Albany Records): “Rui was amazing at what seemed to be impossible; an excellent pianist with extreme virtuosity.” A native of Shanghai, Mei began her piano studies at the age of 3, and gave her first solo recital at the age of 10 in front the President of Austria at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna. At age 11, she made her orchestral debut soloing with the Beijing Radio Symphony. She has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and abroad, including a recent performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and a season-opening recital at the Louvre Auditorium. A graduate of Yale, she holds duo-degrees in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (B.A.) and Music (M.M., A.D. D.M.A). Equally active as a chamber musician, Rui has appeared at the Ravinia Festival (2009), Yellowbarn (2008, 2014-2016), Perlman Festival (2012, 2013), Taos (2006), Music Academy of the West (2005). She has collaborated members of the Juilliard Quartet, Itzhak Perlman, George Manahan, Roger Tapping, and Peter Frankl. In addition to leading an active career as a solo and chamber concert artist, she maintains a full teaching studio of award-winning students and leads a live-music intervention clinical trial on cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center.