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She-e Wu
She-e Wu
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Bob Becker Ensemble
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
  • Country: United States

She-e Wu is the Associate Professor of Percussion at Northwestern Univversity’s Bienen School of Music and former Chair of Performance and Jazz Faculties at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she directed the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble (winner of the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition).

Ms. Wu has appeared as a solo artist at the 25th, 27th and 30th Percussive Arts Society International Convention; Journées de la Percussion, NancyPhony Festival, perKumania festival, and PercuPassion Festival in France; Bach Symposium/Bach Variation Festival and Taiwan Connection concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; International Percussion Festival and Interamerican Music and Arts Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico; Festival Internacional de Percusion "Ritmo Vital 2001" and National Percussion Convention in Spain; Fukui Marimba Seminar in Japan; Giornate della Percussione in Italy; Taipei International Percussion Convention, and many other festivals. Ms. Wu has performed as guest recitalist and clinician at universities, colleges, conservatories in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, England, Germany as well American music institutions like Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, and at "Days of Percussion" throughout the United States.

Ms. Wu’s composition Blue Identity was written for Frederic Macarez and the Paris Conservatory CNR percussion ensemble. The piece was premiered in Paris at the Journées de la Percussion festival and the American premiere took place at the 27th Percussive Arts Society International Convention. K-PAX, a piece for marimba duo, was commissioned by the Taipei International Percussion Convention in 2002 and was premiered with marimbist Leigh Howard Stevens. She-e's latest composition - 21 Grams, for solo percussion and five percussionists, premiered in 2007. Ms. Wu has served as a judge for PAS Composition Competition (Large Percussion Ensemble) in 2005 and International Percussion Ensemble Competition (College) in 2006.

Originally a timpanist and percussionist in her home country of Taiwan, she came to the United States in 1991 to study at the University of North Texas where she earned her Bachelor and Master’s Music degrees. Her teachers include Dr. Robert Schietroma, Leigh Howard Stevens, Ed Soph, and Tzong-Ching Ju. She also studied composition with Dr. Joseph Klein.

She-e is a member of the Bob Becker Ensemble. Her recording of Eric Ewazen’s marimba concerto with the International Sejong Soloists was released on Resonator Records in 2003. Her solo marimba CD Snapshot and her recording with Flautist Bart Feller have both been released in 2006.

Ms. Wu is a clinician and a recitalist for the Innovative Percussion and Zildjian companies. Her new line of signature mallets with Innovative Percussion will be available in spring 2007.

Major Influences:
Bach, Bartok, Barber and Mahler

Marimba Soloist / Clinician / Educator

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