Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Vocal Coaching
Employed Since: 2020
B.M., Northwester University; M.M., University of Michigan, M.M., Northwestern University, D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Described as “brilliant” by the Pittsburgh Tribune, pianist Wei-Han Wu has performed in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He has been a featured performer at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Castleton, Lake George, and Walla Walla Chamber Music Festivals.
Dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, Dr. Wu is currently pianist for the [Switch~ Ensemble] as well as Duo Axis, which was cofounded with flutist Zach Sheets. Duo Axis has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by many up-and-coming composers, including Katie Balch, Anthony Cheung, Tonia Ko, and many others. Dr. Wu previously served as pianist for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the president of OSSIA New Music.
As an accomplished vocal coach, Dr. Wu has worked with artists such as Susanne Mentzer, Vinson Cole, and Nancy Gustafson. He is currently on the faculty at Shenandoah University and Peabody Conservatory, and served on the faculty for the Washington National Opera Institute. More recently, Dr. Wu has served as music director for several opera productions in the D.C. area.
A member of Pi Kappa Lambda, he is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Juilliard School, the Felicia Montealegre Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Bard College. Dr. Wu holds degrees from Northwestern, University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a double doctorate in piano performance and collaborative piano.