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New music forces each musician to question his/her habits and invent new pathways to make sense of the unknown.

Focused on creating performances that are vibrant, multi-faceted sound worlds, violinist Szuhwa Wu has designed concerts that challenge and disturb, surprise and enthrall audiences. Noted for the “lightness, grace, and purity,”(New York Times) and the expressive authority and sensitivity of her playing, Ms. Wu in performance builds “a stimulating tension” (Neue Zuercher Zeitung) and holds her audiences in rapt concentration.

A consummate collaborator, Ms. Wu has partnered with Persian ney players, rock artists, and flamenco guitarists, as well as actors, poets and most frequently, live interactive technology. Her multi-disciplinary projects have included a performance based on the essays of Montaigne, a recital pairing traditional Chinese music with newly commissioned works, and a set of “Musical Promenades” in 6 architecturally significant sights, including Palladio’s Italian villas. She also toured Mali with an actor performing classical works with spoken word in village squares. Throughout, Ms. Wu challenges and expands listeners’ imaginations, inviting audiences to become immersed in new creative environments.

Ms. Wu’s performance credits range from New York’s Lincoln Center and Miller Theatre, to the Zurich Tonhalle, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the National Theater of Taipei. She has also designed performances for the Centre Pompidou and the Musée de la vie romantique in Paris, and the “19” Center for Contemporary Arts in Montbéliard.

A founding member of Ensemble Fabrique Nomade, Ms. Wu works in intensive residencies with composers to develop technological possibilities and new works that provide audiences with altered experiential states—without resorting to drugs. Ms. Wu has premiered works by Tristan Murail, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Giacomo Platini, Dai Fujikura, and Lorenzo Bianchi.
Committed to community engagement and education programs, Ms. Wu offers creative workshops and performances. These provide participants with opportunities for personal invention through improvisation and composition. At the Conservatory of Besançon, she holds the position of professor of violin and chamber music.

Having earned undergraduate degrees from both Columbia University and The Juilliard School—in comparative literature and violin performance respectively—Ms. Wu continued at Juilliard for her master’s degree and earned an additional master’s in ethnomusicology at Harvard. For her post-graduate work, she studied in Switzerland at the Hochschule fur Musik in Zurich with Zakhar Bron and Nora Chastain.

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15 June 2017
15 June 2017, 20:00
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La belle saison

    Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Direction: Kaspar Zehnder Soliste(s):  ViolonGuillaume Chilemme Alexandre Glazounov “L’Eté”, extrait du ballet Les Saisons Ottorino Respighi Les Oiseaux, suite pour orchestre Frank…

6 May 2017
6 May 2017, 19:00
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Lucerne Festival Academy Alumni

  Andreas Schaerer Hildegard lernt fliegen: The Big Wig Musical Theater Basel, 5 May 2017 Stadttheater Schaffhausen, 10 May 2017…

24 April 2017
24 April 2017, 22:25
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Ensemble Fabrique Nomade at Rouen Opera

Michele Tadini Di rive e di corsi d’acqua, Discontinuous Devices« In-between », Ripples never come back Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch La…

24 April 2017
24 April 2017, 21:41
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Between Tsarism and Stalinism

Ensemble Cristofori, Arthur Schoonderwoerd S e r g u e ï P r o k o f i e v…

18 April 2017
18 April 2017, 20:00
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The Easter Cantatas

J.-S. BACH SOLOISTS & CHORUS OF THE OPERA OF DIJON MUSIC DIRECTOR Anass Ismat ORGANIZATION Nicolas Bucher FIRST VIOLIN Odile Edouard…

17 April 2017
17 April 2017, 20:00
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Ô temps, suspends ton vol…

Orchestra Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Management team: JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERDIER Soloist(s):  Piano François Chaplin Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto n° 23 in A major, K 488…

4 April 2017
4 April 2017, 20:30
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Ravel: Tzigane, Pièce en forme de Habanera…

Ensemble Tétraktys in partnership with the Mécénat Musical Société Général Cathédrale St. Christophe, Belfort “Autour de Ravel” with pianist Sylvia…

31 March 2017
31 March 2017, 20:00
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French Kiss

Orchestra Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Management team: Arié van Beek 31/03/2017 – 20H00 LEDOUX THEATRE – THE 2 SCENES – Scène nationale de Besançon 09/04/2017…

17 January 2017
17 January 2017, 20:00
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Orphée and Eurydice

  Choir of the Dijon Opera / Victor HugoFranche-Comté Orchestra / Music director Jean-François Verdier / Director: JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERDIER Production Maëlle Poésy…

22 November 2016
22 November 2016, 20:00
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Food and Delight

Concert-conference in partnership with the Besançon Museum of Fine Arts Nature morte à la bouteille of Guy Bardone Fauré, Ravel,…

19 November 2016
19 November 2016, 12:30
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Batailles

BATAILLES Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra Director: JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERDIER Giuseppe Verdi La Forza del destino, opening François Devienne La Bataille de Jemappes, patriotic symphony Ludwig…

12 November 2016
12 November 2016, 20:30
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Voyage baroque with Odile Edouard

The Elements of Jean-Féry Rebel Aux sources de l’univers Opening show Music Director: Odile Edouard Producer: François Costagliola Musicians, dancers…

15 October 2016
15 October 2016, 20:00
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Nuage Rouge

World premiere Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra Director: JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERDIER Soloist(s):  Author Vincent Cuvellier Artist Baron Brumaire Storyteller Nicolas Dufour Producer Guillaume Dujardin William Grant Still Three Negro Songs (Negro Love Song, Death Song,…

9 October 2016
9 October 2016, 18:00
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Fugues et refuge, Augustinum à Freiburg-im-Breisgau

Ensemble Consonances Room music and poetry Liszt / Heine – Ravel / Rimbaud – Bartok / Migeot Strawinsky / Brecht…

10 September 2016
10 September 2016, 20:00
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Besançon Music Festival

Orchestra Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Director: JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERDIER Soloist(s):  Mezzo Soprano Isabelle Druet Richard Wagner Siegfried Idyll Alma Mahler Lieder for mezzo-soprano and orchestra Die Stille Stadt -…

7 July 2016
7 July 2016, 20:00
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Ensemble Justiniana: Hänsel and Gretel

Orchestra Victor Hugo Franche-Comté 7-13 July 2016 OPERA DE E. Humperdinck based on the tale of the Grimm Brothers Adapted from…

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  • Fabrique nomade

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    All of the intimacy of traditional chamber music with a modern sensibility and leading edge technology. Recently featured on the French National Radio’s Tapage Nocturne, the acclaimed electronic chamber music Ensemble Fabrique Nomade is comprised of augmented violin, cello, flute, and the cutting-edge digital instrument Karlax, which uses the artist’s natural movements for an unlimited freedom in creation and artistic expression.

  • Duo Eliot

    Projects

    Szuhwa Wu, violin and Véronique Ngo Sach-Hien, piano.
    The violin and piano DUO ELIOT, known for its “fine balance between brilliance and elegance,” offers audiences new entry points for connecting to great art. The duo’s performance credits include the Musée de la vie romantique in Paris, the Musée des beaux arts in Besançon, and the Centre régional d’art contemporain in Montbéliard.

  • Des pas dans les mots

    Projects

    Centered around the essays of Michel de Montaigne, an evening of dance, theater, and music that weaves together text and movement, word and step, sentence and choreography.  Solo violin works by Bach, Carter, Lei Liang, Biber, Saariaho, Boulez, Ysaye, and Paganini.

  • Musical Encounters with the architecture of Andrea Palladio

    Projects

    A concert series in and around the buildings of Palladio.
    Musical promenades in 6 architecturally significant sights, including villas by Palladio.  Compositions and improvisations for violin, trumpet, saxophone and electronics.

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Photos Szuhwa Wu & Duo Eliot : Yves Petit / Fabrique Nomade : Némo Stefanovitch

LORENZO BIANCHI HOESCH: LA NUIT ROUGE

FABRIQUE NOMADE

MEMOIRE ET PARAPHRASE

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Teaching since 1999, I have worked with students ages 4 to 42, beginners to advanced, helping them develop the skills to fully express themselves through music. At the core of my teaching is a love of working with students, mentoring them and sharing a mutual love of music. Over the years my students — whether from public schools in Harlem or from the Conservatory in Paris —have allowed me to develop a broad range of tailored approaches.
Enriched by my collaborations with composers, dancers, and actors who provide fresh entry points to our technical or musical work, my teaching has evolved from my own curiosity about connecting with others artistically.

To learn more about Szuhwa’s teaching, click here.

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