Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu


Violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and a chamber musician, having performed with renowned musicians and ensembles in Europe, the United States and Asia. Praised by the Liberty Times (Taiwan) for "capturing the spirit of the music astonishingly," she has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and Taipei Symphony Orchestra in her native country, as well as with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. 

As solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Wu has performed extensively in Taiwan, Europe and North America, at such prominent venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Centerand Library of Congress, and throughout major cities in the United States including Philadelphia, Boston ,Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Artists with whom she has collaborated in concerts include: Atar Arad, Pamela Frank, Gary Graffman, Gary Hoffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum, William Preucil, Thomas Quasthoff, and members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri,Tokyo, and Vermeer string quartets. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Wu appeared as guest violist with the Orion String Quartet during their tour of Asia.  

Summer festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, Verbier Festival and Academy, and she had served as a chamber music coach at the ENCORE School for Strings.  

Dedicated to musical community engagement, Ms. Wu frequently initiates and participates in outreach programs throughout the United States and Asia. In her native country, Taiwan, she also frequently leads master classes and lectures to inspire students toward music-making and to promote classical music appreciation and involvement among the younger generation.  

Media appearances include performances on WHYY TV and Radio inPhiladelphia and NPR’s “From the Top”, as well as multiple on-air interviews with Philharmonic Radio Taipei and IC Broadcasting of Taiwan. Additionally, she has been featured on TVBS Television and in a special column of the September 2004 issue of Marie Claire Taiwan called “Young Power”.  

Among Ms. Wu’s many honors and awards are the gold medal in the 18th Stulberg International String Competition, and third prize in the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition. In 2008, Ms. Wu received her bachelor degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Fellowship. In 2010 she graduated from the Thornton School of Music of University of Southern California and received awards for excellence in both solo string instrument and chamber music. The following fall, she had also joined the faculty of the Thornton School of Music as an adjunct professor on violin and chamber music.  

Ms. Wu’s former teachers include Midori Goto at the Thornton School of Music, Ida Kavafian, Victor Danchenko, and Steven Tenenbom (on viola) at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School. 

She performs on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin.