Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

Qian Wu – Violin

Qian Wu was born in China in 1984. She began violin lessons at the age of seven and was  awarded a place at the Shanghai Conservatoire in 1994, where she studied with Jiyang-Zhao and Shishen Zheng .

In 1998 she won the second prize in the Chinese National Young Violinists Competition and in 2000 she was a semi-finalist in the Menuhin International Violin competition. During this period, she gave many recitals in China.

In September 2000, she came to England to study with Wen Zhou Li at Chetham’s School of Music, and in 2002 won the String section of the Liverpool Young Musician Competition and performed Walton’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. In 2002, she was privileged to play with the Halle Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall and in 2003 was one of the semi-finalists in the Wieniawski International Violin Competition.

Whilst at Chetham’s School of Music, she gave many solo and chamber music performances in both Europe and the UK becoming leader of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and had the honour of playing for H.M The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

In 2004 Qian comenced her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. In her first year at the Academy, she became leader of the Royal Academy’s Chamber Orchestra and later the same year was invited to lead the London Chinese Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, in a concert at the Chinese Embassy. She has played under many famous conductors, including Sir.Colin Davis, Sir.Mark Elder and Valery Gergiev.

Qian gained first class honours in her B.Mus.Degree and was awarded the Princess Alice prize for exemplary studentship in 2008, she continued postgraduate studies with Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Academy and in 2010, Qian received distinction in her M.Mus degree together with DipRAM.

Qian was the founder and leader of the former Wu Quartet. They were prize winners at international string quartet competitions throughout Europe and China and in 2013 were named the first recipients of the Albert and Eugenie Frost prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society. The quartet has also received awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and in 2010 was selected for the Park Lane Group Young Artists scheme as well as winning the MMSF/Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble Award. In 2013 they were finalists in the Royal Overseas League Competition. The quartet had their debut CD recorded beginning of 2014 featuring some of the finest chamber music work of Felix Mendelssohn

Qian now teaches at Chetham’s School of Music as well as giving recitals and playing with different orchestras.