Virtuosa pianist Christine Wu performs a program of exquisite works from the Romantic period tonight in the Scarab Club. Part of the Pleyel Piano Series, the performance begins at 8 p.m. this evening — Friday, Feb. 15.
Born and raised in Troy, Michigan, Ms. Wu is one of the world’s emerging classical stars. In addition to recognition as an artist, she is continuing her formal education at Yale, where she is pursuing a PhD. in music.
The instrument on which Ms. Wu will perform was built in 1849 in Paris and donated to the Scarab Club by the Dixon family in 2003. Pleyel is the world’s oldest piano maker. The instrument today is maintained by Dan Harteau.
Details from the Scarab Club:
Join us this season for an authentic salon experience where musicians and audiences come together in an intimate space to perform and enjoy music of the 18th and 19th centuries.
$20 general admission, $5 student | purchase tickets here.
- Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 845
- Franz Schubert & Franz Liszt: Song transcriptions for piano
“Gretchen am spinnrade”
“Auf dem Wasser zu singen”
“Der Müller und der Bach”
- Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertanze
American pianist CHRISTINE WU has performed on stages throughout the U.S. and Europe, in venues including Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Teatro San Rocco (Seregno), Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), and Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).
Wu has won top prizes in the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Italy), the Chautauqua Institute Piano Competition, the Washington International Competition, the American International Paderewski Piano Competition, and the Fite Family National Piano Competition.
She has performed in music festivals across North America and Europe, including at the Chautauqua Institute, the 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 Blue Griffin Recording, featuring works by Schubert, Liszt, and Schumann, as well as a second album to be produced by the Sheva Collection.
Wu was born and raised in Troy, Michigan where her formative training began with Mary Siciliano and Logan Skelton. Upon graduating high school, she enrolled at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julian Martin and Choong-Mo Kang. After graduating with her Bachelor of Music, she completed her Master of Music degree with Hung-Kuan Chen at Juilliard, where she also was a teaching fellow in the Keyboard Studies department. Currently, Christine is enrolled in the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Yale School of Music, where her teachers have included Peter Frankl, Christopher Elton, and Peter Serkin. She has a graduate teaching assistantship in Music History/Analysis, as well as a fellowship in private piano instruction.
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).