The prize winner of both Primrose and Tertis viola competitions, violist Cong Wu has performed throughout North America and Europe. He has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Christoph Eschenbach, David Finckel, Paul Katz, Itzhak Perlman, and the American String Quartet, as well as been a soloist with the St. Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Macau Youth Orchestra. An experienced orchestral leader, Mr. Wu has been principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under the batons of Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, and James Levine. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Mr. Wu has been recently appointed as the guest viola faculty of National Arts Center Summer Institute in Canada, the artist of Music@Menlo Winter Residency in California, and the assistant faculty of Manhattan in the Mountains Music Festival in New York. Mr. Wu is also a member of New York Classical Players, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and guest member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
Born in Jinan, China, Mr. Wu began violin at the age of four before transitioning to viola. After graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Wing Ho, he continued his education at the the Juilliard School, receiving his Master’s degree under the guidance of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. Mr. Wu is currently a D.M.A candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec.