Student stories

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Chengwei Li, Keyboard

“Before I came to study at RCM, I studied in Russia, America and elsewhere in Europe. As a piano student, I think our Keyboard faculty is one of the best in the world, judging by the level of the professors and students.

I am studying with two famous professors, Dmitri Alexeev and Vanessa Latarche, and this helps me to learn a broad range of works and styles.

RCM provides a friendly environment for everyone. We all support each other and it feels like a big family.”

Chengwei Li's biography

Chengwei Li was born in China. He started learning piano at the age of five. In 2004 he attended the Central Music School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study with Professor Anatory Ryabov. In 2008 he entered the Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Italy. He also studied at the El Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona with Professor Stanislav Pochekin and received his Bachelor degree. Chengwei is currently studying for his Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, London with Professor Dmitri Alexeev and Professor Vanessa Latarche.

He received the Prize Grande Virtuoso of the Spivakov Music Foundation in 2008 in Moscow, followed by the membership for young talented musician by the same foundation. In 2014, Chengwei won the second prize of the Eugenia Verdet International Piano Competition in Barcelona. He received the Musical Odyssey Prize in Greece in 2016. He is the recipient of the Kenneth and Violet Scott Award at the Royal College of Music.

As an international concert pianist, Chengwei has given numerous concerts in China, Russia, USA and Europe.

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He Wu, Vocal

"What I earned from singing, from the stage, and the time spent together with my operatic colleagues at RCM, are the most precious of my experiences. The experience of playing the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is still vivid in my memory.

My vocal professor Amanda Roocroft from RCM inspired me so significantly, and contributed to my musical achievements.

It was an honour for me to return to RCM as a celebrated member of the Vocal Faculty, to perform for Madam Peng Liyuan in 2015. I also have countless other unforgettable moments from when I studied at RCM, so I would like to say, as we say in Chinese, thank you, my ‘mother college’!"

He Wu's biography

Born in China, soprano He Wu studied for her Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, with Amanda Roocroft. She was a Samling Scholar, winner of the Lies Askonas Singing Competition at RCM and won First Prize in the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival and The Voice of China European Competition.

She was also a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition as well as the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. She has performed as a recitalist across Europe and in Music Festivals. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2015, He Wu has become a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio, sponsored by the Royal Opera House.