Five Fridays III: Flute and Piano
Friday February 2nd at 7:30pm
Annie Wu (flute) and Feng Niu (piano)
Sonatina – Eldin Burton
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – Claude Debussy
Sonatine – Henri Dutilleux
Settings of Goethe’s 1st Mignon Poem – Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf
Settings of Goethe’s 2nd Mignon Poem – Franz Schubert, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Charles Tarver
Grand Fantasy on Themes from ‘Mignon’ of Ambroise Thomas – Paul Taffanel
Annie Wu Of young flutist Annie Wu, the Mercury News said, “This artist, it seems, can do anything.” Born in 1996, Wu first received national recognition at the age of 15 as the First Prize winner of the National Flute Association’s 2011 High School Soloist Competition. The Pleasanton, California native is a winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions, as well as First Prize winner of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and YoungArts National Competition, and a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Wu has performed concerti with the Vienna International Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, California Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Livermore Amador Symphony, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Her repertoire choices have ranged from Mozart to contemporary German-American composer Lukas Foss. As an orchestral flutist, Wu was a Fellow at the Music Academy of the West in 2015, and is also an active substitute with the New World Symphony. Her performances with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA have taken her to venues across the globe. After winning the special prize at the 2011 National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition for the Best Performance of a Commissioned Work – Greg Pattillo’s Three Beats for Beatbox Flute – Wu’s YouTube performance of the work has received over two million hits. Its online success has led to performances for the Boston Celebrity Series, a JIVE Company Conference in Las Vegas, and a TED TALK Conference in Vancouver.
Wu is currently a senior at Harvard University as a part of their selective five-year Dual Degree Program with the New England Conservatory of Music. Following her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she will attend an additional year at NEC for her Masters of Music with Paula Robison.
Annie Wu is represented by Astral Artists.
Feng Niu A native of Shenyang, China, Feng Niu began studying piano at the age of seven, and made her first public performance at the Shenyang Concert Hall just four years later. The winner of numerous competition honors, Niu was awarded First Prize from the Yamaha National Piano Competition, Second Prize from the Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition, and Third Prize from the Hong Kong Young Pianist Competition. As the First Prize winner of the Yamaha Asia Piano Scholarship, she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Suzhou Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also been featured on concert series for the Shanghai International Spring Music Festival and Shanghai Conservatory.
Niu graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2008 and received her Master of music degree in Piano Performance, with honors, from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2014, where she studied with Gabriel Chodos. She currently pursues Doctoral studies at the New England conservatory with Pei-shan Lee. At New England Conservatory, she is in frequent demand as a collaborative artist working with the studio members of Paula Robison, Paul Katz, and Laurence Lesser.
Five Fridays concerts are held by candlelight in the beautiful sanctuary of Saint Paul’s, typically in the intimate setting of the labyrinth at the west end of the church. Each concert is followed by a reception to greet the artists. Contributions from our generous sponsors help to defray costs, and together with ticket revenue, allow us to pass on all net proceeds to Saint Paul’s outreach partners, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face to Face Germantown. This is a unique opportunity to hear world-class music while supporting good work in our local community.
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