Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing”, symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity (Historical Keyboard Society), and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, China, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR’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 (NEC), where her teachers included Jacob Maxin, Irma Vallecillo, John Moriarty, Kayo Iwama, and John Greer. She has also worked with Thomas Quasthoff, Martin Katz, Kim Kashkashian, Lawrence Lesser, and Gabriel Chodos. Upon her graduation from NEC with Distinction in Performance and Academic Honors, she was appointed Assistant Professor at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). 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 of this association.
An interpreter of contemporary music, Chi-Chen Wu was the official pianist of Aggregate, a Boston-based composers group and was 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.
As a recording artist, Chi-Chen’s album of the complete Schumann sonatas for piano and violin won two Gold Medals from the Global Music Awards and was named Top 10 Classical Recordings of 2015 on The Big City, New York. She has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of Walter fortepiano with soprano Andrea Folan for Musica Omnia. Her recital and discussion on piano collaboration are featured in DVD “Performing the Score” released in 2011. Projects in this academic year include a recording of Schumann piano works, a Beethoven cycle with violinist Gregory Maytan, and concert tours in Massachusetts, Michigan, Colorado, and Oregon.
Dr. Wu is assistant professor of piano and coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of Wyoming. Her students have been prize winners in numerous competitions, including the northwest division of the MTNA competition, and have been accepted to prestigious schools such as the Juilliard School, McGill University, and Conservatoire de Paris for graduate study. Before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, she served full-time on the faculty at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania from 2010-2012. Dr. Wu is currently Wyoming Music Teachers Association President. www.ccwpiano.com