JUDY LIN WU, concertmaster of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. She previously served as a guest concertmaster during the 2014-15 season. Ms. Wu had been a first violinist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as well as the Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic prior to joining FSO.
Ms. Wu has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Wichita State University Orchestra. She has also performed in numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the United States and Asia. For her performance of the Bach A minor sonata, the critic Robert W. Butts wrote in the Classical New Jersey Society Journal that, “Her playing was filled with delicacy, elegance and warmth. Understanding the effectiveness of the space between phrases, she allowed the moments of silence to ring as provocatively as the moments of actual bowed sound.”
Ms. Wu entered the Pre-College Division of Juilliard School in New York at age 11 after winning the National Youth Violin Competition in Taiwan. She received her undergraduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and continued her graduate studies at the Juilliard School. While a student at Curtis, she was selected to perform in a series of chamber music concerts with its director, pianist Gary Graffman, in several cities in the United States and Europe.
A passionate teacher, Ms. Wu has prepared students to gain admission successfully to conservatories such as the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. She was also the violin coach of the NJSO Academy Orchestra (formerly known as Greater Newark Youth Orchestra) and has always enjoyed working with students on orchestral, chamber music and solo repertoire.
Ms. Wu is also active in community outreach programs. She has taught and performed in inner city schools in Newark and Elizabeth, NJ for students of all ages and abilities. She has also participated in seminars on performing and engaging kids in the autistic spectrum; and has acted as artistic mentor in the classroom for music teachers in Newark public schools, under the auspices of the NJSO Early Strings Program.