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Dr. Chi-Chen Wu
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Collaborative Piano

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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, Taiwan, 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 NPR-From The Top in Boston. Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Julliard String Quartet, 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, piano performance and collaborative piano, and a doctorate from New England Conservatory, where her teachers have 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 her graduation from NEC with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance, 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’s curriculum.

In 2007, Dr. 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. Continuing with her research interests, in the summer of 2011 she presented a research paper on Schumann’s metronome markings at World Piano Conference in Serbia. This paper received “Diploma of Excellence” from the World Piano Teachers Association, the highest accolade award of this association. Her performances on the fortepiano include: Bach Double-Keyboard Concerto with Cornell Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals, and duo recitals featuring the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas with Jasmine Lin on an Erard fortepiano as well as Schumann Violin Sonatas with Nicholas DiEugenio on a replica of Graf fortepiano.

An interpreter of contemporary music, Chi-Chen 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 soloist Concertino for Piano, Winds and Timpani by George Perle.

Wu has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of 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.

Dr. 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 has served full-time on the faculty at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania from 2010-2012.

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