Wesley Chu, an International Artist Fellow studying in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies department, was recently profiled on the website of the USC Office of International Services in a piece titled “Coffee with ‘SC Celebrity Wesley Chu.” A piano prodigy born in Calgary, Canada, Chu had performed for Nelson Mandela and completed the entire Canadian Royal Conservatory Examinations curriculum by the age of 5. He became the youngest pianist to be awarded the Associate’s diploma of the Royal Conservatory at the age of 10 and has gone on to perform and compete internationally.
Chu was accepted to USC as part of the International Artist Fellowship, which gives emerging artists the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree in one of USC’s six art schools. Fellows are encouraged to produce innovative work that will celebrate diverse perspectives, artistic exchange, and academic values in an international arts community.
As noted in the profile, Chu is an avid fan of video game music and aspires to compose it, himself. Below is a video of Chu and collaborator Tiedan Yao performing a medley from Super Mario 64.