Sunday, February 9
Pleyel Piano Series
5 pm: Young Artist pre-recital
5:30 pm: Light reception
6 pm: Guest Artist recital
$25 adult | $10 student | $10 pay-it-forward (your donation will allow a student to enter for free)
Our final guest artist of the 2019/2020 Pleyel Piano Series is audience favorite Christine Wu. Last season, Christine’s sensitivity and exquisite musicianship transported us to the 19th century in her stunning performance of the Schubert Sonata D.845. She will be performing more Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt.
American pianist Christine Wu has performed in concert venues throughout North America and Europe, in venues including Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall, (New York), the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Teatro San Rocco (Seregno), Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) and Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).
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 has received recognition in international competitions including the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Italy), Chautauqua Institute Piano Competition, Washington International Competition, American International Paderewski Piano Competition, and Oneppo Chamber Music Competition.
Christine has performed as a solo and chamber musician in music festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Chautauqua Institute, Leipzig International Mendelssohn-Akademie, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Aspen, PianoTexas, and Bowdoin International Music Festivals. Upcoming projects include a debut album to be recorded by the Sheva Collection Label, featuring works by Schubert, Liszt, and Schumann, as well as a second album to be produced by Blue Griffin Recordings. Born and raised in Troy, Michigan, Christine’s formative training began with Logan Skelton. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where her principal teachers included Julian Martin, Choong-Mo Kang, and Hung-Kuan Chen. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music, where her teachers have included Peter Frankl, Christopher Elton and Peter Serkin. Christine is currently based in New York City.
Our stunning Pleyel piano was generously donated by the Dixon family in 2013 was crafted in Paris in 1879. A portion of the revenues will go to a special fund which will assure the maintenance of the piano (Dan Harteau is its piano technician).