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 Orchestra as well as New York Philharmonic.
A native of Taiwan and prize winner of several Taiwanese national piano competitions, Wu came to the United States 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 organization.
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 Piano Concerto No. 2 by Malcolm Williamson.
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. Her recording of Schumann’s Carnaval and Fantasie was released in July 2017. 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 on the DVD “Performing the Score” released in 2011. Projects in the 2017-18 season include concert tours in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Massachusetts, Arizona, as well as Michigan, and concerto performances in Seattle and Laramie.
Dr. Wu is assistant professor of piano and coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of Wyoming. Her students have been prizewinners in numerous competitions, including the northwest division of the MTNA competition, and have been accepted for graduate study at the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, McGill University, Conservatoire de Paris and other such institutions. She was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Teachers of 2017 in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming. During the summer, she teaches at the Killington Festival in Vermont. Dr. Wu is currently President of Wyoming Music Teachers Association and is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.