Born in Macau in 1989, Kuok-Wai 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, and has participated at master classes in Europe with Sir András Schiff.
Kuok-Wai has participated and performed in festivals including Santa Fe, Prussia Cove, Marlboro, and Caramoor, as well as Vancouver Recital Series, San Francisco Performances, Philip Lorenz Memorial Series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. He has performed with the Macau Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Houston Symphony, Russian Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. This past season, Kuok-wai was one of three pianists (with Adam Golka and Roman Rabinovich) chosen to perform as part of the "Andras Schiff Selects" series, and during the 2015-16 season, Kuok-wai will perform a duo tour with pianist Zoltán Fejérvári, and with Musicians from Marlboro.
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