• Co-Founder of Royal Music Academy

  • Jury of Los Angels Liszt International Piano Competition

  • ​Director of Piano Department

LI-ZHEN WU

    Mr. Wu - known to his American friends as Rick - won First Prize in the Hazimen Piano Competition in China and was invited to the United States to perform at four universities, including the University of North Texas––where he received the “Larry Waltz Scholarship” award, the university’s highest scholarship, four years running. He auditioned for the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at the UNT College of Music and was accepted as a freshman performance major in the fall of 2006 on full scholarship; he studied there with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. In 2012, Mr. Wu was accepted as a graduate student at Southern Methodist University on a full scholarship studying with Joaquin Achucarro. In 2016, Mr. Wu was accepted as a doctoral student at University North Texas with a full scholarship and teaching fellowship; he currently studies with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. 

    As a Pianist, Wu has been invited to perform at several prestigious events and competitions: including an on-air performance on Dallas classical radio program 101.1 FM, a second prize finish at the 2013 Dallas Chamber International Piano Competition, a silver prize, and audience favorite performer at 2017 Texas Young Artist International Piano Competition, a 3rd prize winner at 2018 Lewisville International Piano Competition as well recitals all across Texas and China to further his music education and professional aspirations.

 

    In 2018, Wu and Chengyin Lu, Jiahui Zhang founded one of the largest music schools in the DFW area, Royal Music Academy.