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Patrick Wu, violin | Graduate Student Recital
Wed April 7 @ 7:30 pm
HSIU-PING (PATRICK) WU BIO
As an award-winning composer, Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu is constantly searching for new sounds to include into his musical language; his music ranges from the style of neo-romanticism to avant-garde soundscapes, fusing theatrical elements and improvisational techniques. Patrick enjoys composing orchestral works, chamber music, and improvisation. In 2016, he wrote, directed, and scored his first short film Voyages, during the Nocturne: Art at Night Festival in Canada, accompanied with a live orchestral improvising the film score during the performance. Patrick’s pieces has also been premiered at Open Waters Festival in Canada, highSCORE Composition Festival in Italy, Zodiac Music Festival & Academy in France, Uzmah Upbeat Composition Program in Croatia, and most recently, Atlantic Music Festival in the United States. Patrick has worked with renowned composers such as Jérôme Blais, Dinuk Wijeratne, David Ludwig, Andrew List, Joel Hoffman, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Vivian Fung. His most recent ensemble collaborations included: Symphony Nova Scotia, Hypercube Ensemble, The Julius Quartet, and Longy’s Orchestra FLEX.
In addition to composing, Patrick performs actively on the violin from solo performances, to chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Patrick has studied the violin with I-Ching Li, Philippe Djokic, Mark Lee, and Leonardo Perez; his repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary premieres. In 2018, Patrick debuted as soloist with the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra. Patrick has participated in music festivals such as the Scotia Festival of Music in Canada, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Camp (conducted by Mei-Ann Chen), and has received coaching from renowned violinists such as James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, and Rachel Barton Pine to name a few. Patrick currently performs on a 1924 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone violin sponsored by the Chimei Museum Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University, and is currently pursuing his Master of Composition and Violin Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College with violinist Sean Wang and composer Alexandra du Bois.
XIAOXI ZHANG BIO
“Open while having many own thoughts.” As a pianist, Xiaoxi Zhang’s repertoire covered all types of piano-related music from Baroque period to contemporary period. Her performances are filled with comprehensive understanding and her own thinking of pieces. She would also love to hear others’ opinions to improve herself and to bring better music to the audiences. “Writing and sharing music for people she loves.” That was the first thought that leads her to be a composer. As a composer, she has always believed that creating and sharing good music is a kind of enjoyment. Most of her recent works reveal natural elements, such as bird singing, wind, stream, tree, chimes, etc. Her future works will explore more on expressing emotions and integrate different cultural factors.