Phoebe Wu is a pianist dedicated to bringing new works to life through collaborations with composers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, and performance artists. She currently teaches privately and performs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Performances in the near future include I Will Learn To at Oakland University in Michigan and University of Windsor in Ontario, and a West Coast premiere of Three Truths by Jacob Rogers at the Hot Air Music Festival held at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Recently Phoebe attended Yarn/Wire's Summer Institute and 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 in January 2018. 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 Ning Yu, Laura Barger, Michael Maccaferri, Matthew Duvall, Joseph Gramley, and Martin Katz; and director/choreographer Mark DeChiazza.
In May 2016 Phoebe 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 accompanied ballet classes for all ages, and has accompanied and coached the choirs of Rio Hondo College with director Kellori Dower in Whittier, CA.
Phoebe has also performed as a performance artist in Requiem in Water with the Suburban Piano Quartet at the Chicago River Museum in commemoration of the Eastland Disaster, as one-fourth of performance art group Weak Staff, 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).
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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