Chi-Chen Wu, whose “piano playing is amazing, pretty close to
perfect” according to Jane Dieckmann (music critic of Ithaca Times), is
active as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist
throughout North America and Asia. Her performances have taken her
to such venues as the National Taiwan Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, Cami
Hall, The Wang Theater, Ganz Hall, Paine Hall, Killian Hall, Mayfest
International Chamber Music Festival, and, the Aspen Music Festival.
Winner of major prizes at the National Taiwan Piano and Concerto
Competitions, Ms. Wu holds a D.M.A in collaborative piano and a
double masters degree in piano solo performance and collaborative
piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where her
principal teachers have included Jacob Maxin, Irma Vallecillo, Kayo
Iwama, John Moriarty, John Greer, and Vivian Weilerstein.
As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Karl-Heinz Steffen,
the principal clarinetist of the Berlin Phiharmonic, Irina Muresanu,
winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in violin, Ben Hoadley,
Alicia Didonato, musicians from the Chamber Music Society
In the summer of 2004, Chi-Chen Wu was the official staff pianist of the Aspen Music Festival. She
held the post of staff pianist from 2005-2006 at the New England Conservatory. From 2006-2007 Ms. Wu
was Assistant Professor of piano performance and collaborative piano at National Taiwan Normal
University. In order to pursue research in 18th and 19th century performance practices, Chi-Chen Wu
accepted a Visiting Scholar position at Cornell, where she now gives studio instruction to
undergraduate students and works with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson. She recently performed a solo
recital featuring works of Schumann on a Graf copy and a duo recital featuring the complete Brahms
violin sonatas on an 1868 Erard with Jasmine Lin.
of Lincoln Center, and members of the Boston Symphony and New York Phiharmonic orchestras. In
addition to her chamber music activities, Ms. Wu is also regularly engaged as a soloist with orchestras,
such as the Boston Ballet Orchestra and Symphony by the Sea. More recently she was featured in a
Bach keyboard concerto with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra. Chi-Chen Wu has also been appointed
as official pianist for the masterclasses of Ralph Kirshbaum, Thomas Quastoff, and Kim Kashkashian. An
avid interpreter of contemporary music, Ms. Wu was the official pianist of Aggregate, a Boston based
composers group, and was the appointed pianist in the premier of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby.