Phoebe Wu is a pianist and multimedia artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is dedicated to bringing new works to life through collaborations with composers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, and performance artists.
Recently Phoebe attended Eighth Blackbird’s inaugural summer festival Blackbird Creative Lab, as well as performed on Chicago's classical music radio station WFMT as part of the Creative Lab Alumni Reunion. She currently performs with Andrew Grossman as piano/percussion duo Slice n Dice.
Phoebe has worked with numerous artists, including composers Jennifer Higdon, Viet Cuong, Derek Bermel, Sebastian Zel and Timothy Peterson; mentors Michael Maccaferri, Matthew Duvall, Joseph Gramley, Martin Katz, Stephen Drury, and Tao Lin; and director/choreographer Mark DeChiazza.
Phoebe has accompanied both ballet and modern classes. In May 2016 she was delighted to collaborate with Ann Arbor Dance Works in a piece for piano and three dancers composed and choreographed by guest artist Alessio Silvestrin. She has also accompanied and coached the choirs of Rio Hondo College with director Kellori Dower in Whittier, CA.
Phoebe is one-fourth of the performance art group Weak Staff, whose performances most often involve movement, narrative, and playfulness in exploring more serious themes. She also has performed Requiem in Water with the Suburban Piano Quartet at the Chicago River Museum in commeroration of the Eastland Disaster, and as the bus driver in an adaptation of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A graduate of University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Her principal teacher was Logan Skelton. In addition, she studied dance accompaniment with Christian Matijas-Mecca, vocal and instrumental collaboration with Katherine Collier, and harpsichord with Joseph Gascho. She has performed with Symphony Band (director Michael Haithcock), University Symphony Orchestra (director Kenneth Kiesler), and the Contemporary Directions Ensemble (director Roshanne Etezady). During their spring 2017 residency at the University of Michigan, Phoebe was chosen to perform with the piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire.
Originally from northern California, Phoebe studied with John McCarthy in San Francisco. In addition to playing piano, she also grew up playing saxophone and tap dancing.
Photography by Annie Jeng and Abigail Clemens.
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