A Cellist and Conductor, Hekun Wu will join 2009 Euro Music Festival Leipzig.
His cello class will be open on July 20 - 31, 2009.
Dr. Wu is the cello professor at Willamette University.
He has been on the faculties of Wellesley College and the University of Delaware
as both cellist and conductor, and previously at the Shanghai Conservatory.
[Hekun Wu, CELLO]
The French newspaper Nice-Matin recently headlined, “Hekun Wu, globe-trotter virtuoso, is one of the most recognized Chinese musicians in the world… He played a Beethoven Sonata in such a brilliant and powerful manner.”
Wu enjoys a versatile career as a concert cellist, conductor and chamber musician. He has performed in such cities include Shanghai, Paris, New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, and Taipei, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts.
The Boston Globe described his playing as “bold and very full of conviction, given unusually supple rubato that was beautiful,” and the China Times praised his “virtuosic technique with thoughtful and poetic expressivity.”
Wu has performed with major orchestras in China including the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the China Central Philharmonic, giving the Chinese premieres of the Milhaud and Elgar cello concerti, the latter recorded for the CRC label.
He made his solo début in France with the Orchestre de Bordeaux under Pierre Dervaux at the Ravel Festival, followed by a televised performance in Paris; the legendary French cellist Maurice Gendron wrote to congratulate him, “We saw you performing Fauré’s Elégie on French Television, it was very beautiful, Bravo.”
Wu has served as Principal Cellist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on tour and recordings (BIS).
His solo engagements have taken him to such venues as Merkin Hall in New York, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Taipei National Concert Hall, the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre, where his Concerti Concert in 2000 was highly acclaimed. Most recent performances include series of recitals of the complete Bach Six Solo Suites, “The Dao of Bach” in Salem and Portland; concerto soloist with the Shanghai Sinfornietta in the 2008 New Year’s Concert at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre; recitalist at the Nice International Summer Music Festival-Académie in France; the Chinese premiere of Penderecki's Concerto Grosso with the composer conducting at the Shanghai International Music Festival.
Wu was recently appointed as the resident conductor and guest artist at the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival in Washington and was the Music Director of the Salem Chamber Orchestra from 2005-08.
His recently released CDs include two world premiere recordings: the Turkish composer, Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s Sonata (Musica Mundana) and the American composer, Eric Sawyer’s “Five Bagatelles” (Albany Records), as well as a solo album, “Songs and Dances from Distant Lands” (CRC). His recording of the Bach Six Solo Suites is forthcoming.
Wu has served as a juror at major competitions, most recently at the 6th China National Cello Competition in Beijing and as a tone judge at the 18th International Violin Making Competition in Portland.
While increasingly in demand as a cellist and conductor, Wu is also a well-respected teacher. He has held workshops and masterclasses at numerous conservatories and universities including the New England Conservatory, the Longy School, the Shanghai Conservatory, and the Taipei National University of the Arts, as well as the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival-Institute in Washington.
Dr. Wu is currently the cello professor at Willamette University. He has been on the faculties of Wellesley College and the University of Delaware as both cellist and conductor, and previously at the Shanghai Conservatory where he was the youngest cello professor appointed; since 1994, he has regularly held masterclasses as a guest professor. His students have won major national and international competitions and serve in principal positions with major orchestras.
Born and educated in Shanghai and later at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM-Paris), he completed his graduate studies in the U.S. where he was a recipient of both cello and conducting fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival.
Wu studied with renowned cellists Maurice Gendron, Paul Tortelier, Zara Nelsova, Russian cellist Tanya Remenikova, and American cellist Leslie Parnas. As a conductor, he has worked with David Zinman, Edo de Waart, and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting.
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