photography © Wilson Shi
Born in Beijing 1999, A Bu began his classical piano study at the age of four. He was soon winning awards, and went on to enroll at the Chinese capital’s famous Central Conservatory of Music at the age of nine, recognized as an outstanding talent. But in addition to his classical music studies, A Bu was also fascinated by jazz and improvisation.
“It is always a personal thrill to find a ‘fresh voice’ within the jazz continuum. A Bu is a highly creative and accomplished jazz pianist who is also a gifted composer. I regard him as a promising young jazz lion who has a brilliant career ahead of him and will surely be talked about for many years to come."
- Michel Camilo
A Bu formed his first jazz trio in 2012 with two Chinese musicians from Beijing, where he performed his debut jazz show with the trio in September 2012 at the Nine Gates Jazz Festival. Today, at the age of 18, A Bu has already played with some key names in the international classical and jazz worlds, including Chick Corea, Antonio Hart, Igor Butman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Al Jarreau, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. On the Montreux Jazz Piano Competition 2015, A Bu won the Jury's first prize and the Audience Choice. In 2016, he was invited to the home of N. Kapustin - the composer who has been a big inspiration to A Bu since years ago; legendary producer Quincy Jones is also a big supporter. A Bu is, at the moment, living in New York and studying classical piano at the Juilliard School Pre-College with American professor Ernest Barretta. A Bu has released 2 albums under German label Sennheiser Media and is currently working on new material for his third album, due for release in 2018.