Conductor & Violinist
CJ Wu is a dynamic and dramatic young conductor, with a background as a professional violinist in her native Taiwan.
She is currently completing her Master’s studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, studying with Mark Heron and Clark Rundell.
In recent years she has enjoyed great success in being invited to major competitions and masterclasses including the inaugural International Conducting Competition Rotterdam, the Britten Pears Young Artist Conducting Academy (Antonio Pappano), BBC Concert Orchestra Women Conductors (Marin Alsop), the Riccardo Muti Opera Academy and Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Daniele Gatti).
During her time at the RNCM, CJ has assisted conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Omer Meir Wellber, and Simone Young at the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. She has appeared in concert with Manchester’s professional contemporary music ensemble, Psappha, and in masterclasses with Manchester Camerata, Northern Ballet Sinfonia and North East Wales Sinfonia. Her graduation concert will take place later in 2021 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
During the 2018-19 season, CJ was a Visiting Artist at Cornell University, conducting, coaching and leading the symphony and chamber orchestras there. She also assisted the Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra, returning later as guest conductor.
Other masterclasses have resulted in performances with the West Bohemian West Bohemian Symphony, Savaria Symphony, Ruse Philharmonic, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Pazardzhik Symphony, Bucharest Royal Camerata, Sant Cugat den Vallès Symphony, OIDA Orchestra di Arezzo, South Bohemian, Moravian Philharmonic and Brasov Philharmonic. In masterclasses CJ has worked with Sir Mark Elder, Christian Ewald, Sigmund Thorp, Martin Sieghart, Ludovic Morlot, Nicolas Pasquet, Johannes Schlaefli, Omer Meir Wellber, Mark Wigglesworth, Simone Young and many more.
As a violinist, CJ received her Master’s degree in 2010 and has worked with most of Taiwan’s professional orchestras, including as concertmaster. She is the founder and artistic director of Taipei Chamber Music Ensemble and the Rhein String Quartet.
International Conducting Competition Rotterdam
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
De Doelen, Rotterdam