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Wei-Han Wu

Rochester, NY

Described as “brilliant” by the Pittsburgh Tribune, pianist Wei-Han Wu has performed in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and the DiMenna Center for Performing Arts. Dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, Mr. Wu served as pianist for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for three summers. With the Brave New Works Ensemble he completed residences at University of Michigan, Cornell University, and many others. He is currently pianist of the [Switch~ Ensemble], an ensemble dedicated to the performance of electroacoustic music. Mr. Wu was recently featured as pianist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and guest soloist at Kent State and Third Practice Festival at University of Richmond. He has worked with composers such as John Adams, Lee Hyla, Steven Stucky, Osvaldo Golijov, Eric Wubbels, and John Harbison.

As a vocal coach and accompanist, Mr. Wu has worked with artists such as Vinson Cole, Susanne Mentzer, and Nancy Gustafson. In 2009 he was a participant in the first Castleton Music Festival, by invitation of Maestro Lorin Maazel to prepare the production of “Beggar’s Opera” by Benjamin Britten. In 2012-2013 he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he worked closely with the vocal arts program. Most recently, Mr. Wu was principal coach/pianist for the productions of Fidelio and Traviata at the Shippensburg Music Festival, and served on the faculty at the Torggler Vocal Institute.

A member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mr. Wu received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and Master’s degrees from both University of Michigan and Northwestern. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Juilliard School, the Felicia Montealegre Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Bard College. He is currently pursuing two D.M.A. degrees at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as president of OSSIA New Music and performs regularly with the Musica Nova Ensemble.  His teachers include Nelita True, Jean Barr, James Giles, and Martin Katz.

Selected Ligeti Etudes

1. Désordre
2. Cordes à vide
3. Automne a Varsovie

Recorded live on 2.4.2015

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Messiaen – Poèmes pour Mi Livre 2

5. L’épouse
6. Ta voix
7. Les deux guerriers
8. Le collier
9. Prière exaucée

Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano
Live from 12.9.2015

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Sean Shepherd Preludes for Piano: I

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