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Cong Wu

Lecturer, Viola

Cong Wu joined the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Viola, The Norma and
Lloyd Chazen Chair, in September 2018. He is the winner of the Third Prize and the
Chamber Music Prize in the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition, and of
the Special Prize in the Twelfth Tertis International Viola Competition. His performances
throughout North America and Asia include solo appearances with the Santa Barbara
Chamber Orchestra, Macau Youth Orchestra, and New York Classical Players.
An avid chamber musician, Wu has collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, David
Finckel, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Wiley, Pinchas Zukerman, American String Quartet, and
many New York Philharmonic musicians. His festival engagements have included the
Marlboro Music Festival, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber
Music Encounters, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Perlman
Music Program, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein
Musik Festival in Germany. He also appears regularly with the Jupiter Symphony
Chamber Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and New York Classical Players.

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Passionate about teaching, Wu is on the faculty of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory
of Music, guest faculty member of the National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute in
Canada, and as a teaching artist at the Music@Menlo Winter Residency. He has been
invited to give masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music, Mead Witter School of
Music (University of Wisconsin-Madison), China Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong
Baptist University, and the Renmin University of China.

Born in Jinan, China, Cong (pronounced “Ts’ong”) Wu moved to New York in 2010 after
receiving his BM from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. He holds a master’s
degree from The Juilliard School and a doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music.
His teachers have included Wing Ho, Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Patinka Kopec,
and Pinchas Zukerman.