July 16, 2014
Entering Flutist is Yamaha Winner
YouTube Video has 1.2 Million Viewers
NEC congratulates incoming student Annie Wu, who joins the Harvard/NEC joint degree program this fall and will study at NEC with Paula Robison, occupant of the Donna Hieken Flute Chair. A flutist from Pleasanton, CA, Annie is one of nine impressive musicians to win a Yamaha Young Performing Artists award. Many past winners of this competition have established successful musical careers, holding chairs in such prestigious ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra and Vienna Symphony.
Annie, 18, and a student of Isabelle Chapuis, is a much honored musician already. She is a National 2014 YoungArts winner and a 2014 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. At the age of 15, Annie won First Prize in the National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as the prize for the NFA’s Best Performance of a New Commissioned Work. She was the youngest first prize winner in the competition's history. As a result of this win, Annie is also a highly visible presence on YouTube in a video where she plays Greg Pattillo’s The Three Beats for Beatbox Flute, the Competition’s commissioned work. The video has accumulated over 1.2 million views. Check out the video below.
As a soloist, Annie has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Vienna International Orchestra, Diablo Valley Symphony, and San Jose Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to her solo career, Annie is a passionate orchestral musician. For four years, Annie was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing in Davies Symphony Hall and on tour in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Munich Philharmonic Hall, and the Salzburg Music Festival. This past summer, Annie was a member of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London; the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory; and the Mariinsky II Theater in St. Petersburg.
Since starting the flute at age 8, Annie has garnered many awards including first prizes of the American Fine Arts Competition, Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, International Independent Music Competition Individualis, Music Teacher’s National Association Junior Woodwinds Competition, Young Artist Competition of the Etude Music Club of Berkeley and Diablo Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition among others.