Chi-Chen Wu, piano
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, Austria, Taiwan, China, Japan, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR. 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.
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 in the Top 10 “Best Classical Recordings of 2015” on The Big City, New York which included the New York Philharmonic. Projects in this academic year include concert tours in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Massachusetts among others, and concerto performances in Seattle and Laramie.
Dr. Wu is piano professor and coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of Wyoming. Her students have been accepted for graduate study to the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, the Paris Conservatory, McGill University and other such institutions. Dr. Wu is currently President of Wyoming Music Teachers Association. Her Duo with Gregory Maytan is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.
Gregory Maytan, violin
Gregory Maytan has been praised for his ‘infectious vitality’ and for his ‘lyrical freshness’ by The Strad, who also awarded his CD of Scandinvian music with the distinction of CD of the Month. Other posture reviews have been garnered by Nordsee Zeitung, Strings Magazine and the American Record Guide. Maytan has performed virtually all the major violin concertos with orchestra, and regularly performs in recitals and concerts in Europe and the US. He has performed on the Dame Myra Hess series, and also at venues such as Ravinia and Tanglewood.
He has pursued further studies at the Stockholm Royal University of Music as well as at Indiana University in the US, where he earned his doctorate degree under the tutelage of famed violinists Miriam Fried and Paul Biss.
Maytan has been on a sabbatical leave this past year, and has spent his time in Europe researching and recording works by the Swedish Romantic composer Amanda Maier. A highlight of that project was performing as a soloist, together with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, on the first recording of Maiers recently discovered violin concerto.
Maytan performs on a 1683 Giovanni Grancino violin, generously loaned to him by the Jarnaker foundation, administered by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. During the year, Maytan is Associate Professor of violin at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA.
Theodore Buchholz, cello
Theodore Buchholz is the cello professor at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as String Area Coordinator, String Chamber Music Coordinator, and the Director of the UA String Project.
Cellist Theodore Buchholz has been lauded by newspaper critics as a “Virtuosic cellist,” an “Outstanding performer,” and a “Wonderful musician.” Debuting in New York’s Merkin Hall, he recently performed as recitalist and chamber musician in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Tokyo, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Utah, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wyoming, and as a faculty collaborative artist. This season he will tour the recently commissioned concerto The High Songs for Amplified Cello and Chamber Winds by Carter Pann.
Buchholz’s recording of the Hans Winterberg Cello Sonata will be released under the Toccata label in 2018, and he is a member of True Concord whose CD recording won a 2016 Grammy Award. Theodore served as a professional orchestral musician for ten years, and has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the world’s leading ensembles. During the summers he performs and teaches at the prestigious Killington Music Festival in Vermont. He performs on an outstanding cello made in 1877 by French luthier Charles Mennégand.
Dr. Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Bonnie Hampton, and Sadao Harada of the Tokyo String Quartet.