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Playing On The Edge

Program 1
Tradition & Technology: Mutual Provocations
Paganini 1805 . . . . Naon 2009
Ysaÿe 1923 . . . . Matalon 2012
Biber 1674 . . . . Bianchi Hoesch 2014

Program 2
Acoustic & Digital Wizardry: Violinist as magician
Boulez 1991. . . . Naon 2009
Lachenmann 1986 . . . . Matalon 2012
Carter 1984 . . . . Bianchi Hoesch 2014

Violinist Szuhwa Wu designs 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 audience in rapt attention.
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 created performance experiences for the Centre Pompidou and the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris, as well as the “19” Center for Contemporary Arts in Montbéliard

With 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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Conservatory and Community Residencies
These can be custom-tailored to fit the interests of specific age groups and audiences.

Plugging in & Turning On to 21st Century Strings
This interactive session showcases the expressive possibilities of new technologies and sound worlds for string players and composers. Learn about the latest extended techniques and digital tools to expand your creative possibilities.

Breakthrough Masterclass: Advanced Performance Skills with Live Electronics
Boost your expressivity, curiosity, and creative impulses through experimentation, and discover a new freedom and a fresh connection to music. This session provides advanced students and observers with practical and inspiring approaches for interpreting repertoire.

Re-Create the Past — Interpret the Future
In this workshop you’ll: learn how to read scores with greater discernment of context, gesture, and shape; hear music as both timeless art and as distinct moments in cultural history; find out how to include inquiry and experimentation in daily practice; enliven performances with more direct expressivity.