Pianist Chi-Chen Wu will perform at Hope College on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Praised by “World Journal” (Chicago)” for her “amazing playing,” pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Japan and Taiwan, and at the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Mayfest Chamber Music Festival, among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR-WVIA’s “Simply Grand Concert Series” and “From The Top in Boston” on NPR.
Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Julliard String Quartet, the Takács String Quartet, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and members of the Boston Symphony as well as New York Philharmonic orchestras.
A native of Taiwan and prize winner of several Taiwanese national piano competitions, Wu came to the United States in 1999 for graduate study and received two master’s degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano, and a doctorate from New England Conservatory, where her teachers included Jacob Maxin, Irma Vallecillo, John Moriarty, Kayo Iwama, John Greer and Vivian Weilerstein. She has also worked with Thomas Quasthoff, Martin Katz, Kim Kashkashian, Lawrence Lesser, and Gabriel Chodos.
Immediately upon graduation from NEC, she was appointed assistant professor at National Taiwan Normal University, an institution with the highest-ranked music department in the country. In addition to her teaching duties at NTNU, she also served as coordinator of collaborative piano study and developed the graduate program curriculum.
In 2007, Wu accepted a position of visiting scholar at Cornell University, where she taught piano, studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and conducted research on historical performance practice with Neal Zaslaw.
An interpreter of contemporary music, Wu was the official pianist of Aggregate, a Boston-based composers group, and was the appointed pianist in the premier of the piano version of John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby.” She world-premiered “The Poet and The War,” by Norber Palej, and recently performed as a soloist “Concertino for Piano, Winds and Timpani,” by George Perle.
Wu has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of a Walter fortepiano with soprano Andrea Folan for “Musica Omnia,” and her recording of the complete Schumann sonatas for violin and piano with Nicholas DiEugenio is currently in post-production. Her recital and discussion on piano collaboration are featured in DVD “Performing the Score” released in 2011.
Wu is currently assistant professor of piano and coordinator of collaborative piano at University of Wyoming. Before joining the faculty of University of Wyoming, she served full-time on the faculty at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania from 2010-2012.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.