Luxuan (Elly) Wen
Luxuan (Elly) Wen completed her B.A. in piano performance at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. After graduating in 2004, she joined the faculty at Guangdong Dance and Drama College, China. At the young age of 26, Elly was promoted to vice chair of the music department, the youngest chair in the history of the school.
In 2011, Elly was offered and accepted a full scholarship and tuition waiver to matriculate in the graduate piano performance program at West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania. During this time period, she studied with national and international piano soloist and piano professor, Dr. Carl Cranmer. As part of her graduate studies, Elly was selected for a master class conducted by Dr. Malcolm Bilson, American pianist, musicologist, and professor at Cornell University. This event also included a dinner invitation where Elly spent more time with the piano master. As a graduate student, Elly was appointed by the university in a full-time role as graduate assistant. In this post, she was responsible for piano accompaniment for the vocal department within the school of music. In addition, Elly served as graduate student president for the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) of West Chester University.
Elly has been an active piano soloist with performances that have spanned the United States and China. As a performer, she has provided piano solo concerts, participated in chamber ensembles, and accompaniment. She has performed at Xinghai Music Hall in Guangzhou, China. In the United States, she has performed at Steinway Hall, Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Ware Recital Hall, Luella Musselman Paul Recital Hall, The Ibrahim Theater, Zimmerman Recital Hall, and The Whitney Center etc.
In 2006, Elly received an Outstanding Accompanist Award from the Department of Civilian Culture, Guangdong Province, China. In 2014, she was invited to perform as a soloist at the PMTA (Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association) state conference representing West Chester University, and later at the Lunar New Year Concert hosted by University of Pennsylvania. Also, in the summer of 2014, she judged as a substitute at the ninth Moscow Chopin Competition for youth held in Foshan, China. In 2015, she received the Connie Murray Scholarship awarded by School of Music, West Chester University. She gave a lecture-recital at the annual conference of Pennsylvania Music Teacher Association about Chinese piano music in June 2017, as well as for the annual conference of Connecticut State Music Teacher Association in October 2017. She was invited to perform at Chinese New Year Concert of Yale University in 2020.
Elly has taught piano for over fifteen years, and received her Master’s in piano pedagogy from West Chester University, under the guidance of Dr. Patricia Powell, piano professor, consultant, and Assistant Chair of the Keyboard Department. Along with Elly’s proficiencies in performance and composition, she is a skilled piano teacher possessing a broad knowledge of teaching methods and learning techniques. From 2001 to 2006, she taught as a part-time piano faculty member at Foshan Liu Shi-Kun School of Music and Art. From 2004-2008, she was a faculty member at Guandong Dance and Opera Institute. From 2011-2017, she served as faculty member at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. From 2016 to current, she has been a joined faculty at Conservatory of Music of Guangdong Open University. Every year, she has students winning prizes from various competitions and performing at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, National Opera Center and Steinway Hall. She is also a highly experienced ABRSM musical grading exam tutor. All of her tutored students passed the exams during the past 20 years.
In addition, Elly is a skilled and published composer. From 1999 to 2003, she was contracted by a Hong Kong publisher ‘Sky Walker’ to write piano transcriptions of popular music. During that time period, fifteen books were published. Elly has published her own composition which is available for on-line purchase through Sheet-Music-Plus. In 2016, she received the composer’s page from Sheet Music Plus.