Jessica Wu

Artist Affiliate: Violin Instructor

Violin, Vega String Quartet

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As a founding member of the Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, Jessica Shuang Wu has performed extensively throughout North America, Asia, and Europe and has been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today (USA), Radio France, the National Radio of China, The National Radio of the Czech Republic, and Shanghai TV. Her concert appearances include the Vega Quartet's critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut and "a Triumphant L.A. Debut" (Los Angeles Times); performances at the Weill and Zankel Recital Halls, and Issac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall; Harvard Club in New York; Museum d'Orsay of Paris; Highlands Festival in North Carolina; Aspen Music festival; La Jolla Concert Series, and many others.

Born in Shanghai, China, Ms. Wu began her violin studies at the age of five and made her solo debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve. At age nine, she joined the Shanghai Conservatory and started playing chamber music at the age of thirteen. In 1998, Ms. Wu and the Vega String Quartet won the first prize at the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition and first prize at the Carmel International Chamber Music Competition. The following year, the Vega String Quartet was awarded four out of total six prizes from the 1999 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France, including the International Music Critics' prize. The quartet has released a CD under Naxos Records Inc., on Twentieth Century American Music.

Ms. Wu appears regularly in chamber music concerts with many of today's leading artists such as Richard Stoltzman, William Preucil, Sarah Chang, Robert Mcduffle, Charles Wadsworth, Elliot Fisk, Christopher O'Reily, and the Eroica Trio.