Christine Wu, piano


  • Franz Schubert (1787- 1828) - Three Piano Pieces, D. 946 (1828) (20’)
  • I. Allegro assai
  • II. Allegretto
  • III. Allegro
  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886) - Les années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, S. 161 (1846-9) (8’)
  • VI. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
  • Franz Schubert; arr. Franz Liszt - Der Müller und der Bach, S. 565 (1846/79) (5’)
  • Lennon/McCarthy; arr. Tōru Takemitsu - Golden Slumbers (1992) (4’)

American pianist Christine Wu has performed in concert venues throughout North America and Europe, including Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Théâtre du Châtelet.

Praised in The New York Times by chief music critic Anthony Tommasini for her “arresting” playing, Christine’s performance of Oliver Knussen’s Variations (1989) was described as “one of the highlights of the program” at Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. Christine is the third prize winner of the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, and has performed both solo and chamber music in festivals including Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, and Aspen Music Festival.

As someone who believes in the importance of playing both classical and contemporary music, Christine also has a wide range of experience as a solo and ensemble player of new music. She is a former member of the Frankfurt-based International Ensemble Modern Akademie, and has played in major contemporary music festivals including the Lucerne Festival, ManiFeste Paris, and Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland, and premiered over 20 new works.

Christine received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Julian Martin. She is a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Peter Frankl, Christopher Elton and Peter Serkin. Currently, she is based in Cologne, where she studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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