Meet the members of our orchestra with our Profiles from the Pit series! This month, learn about violinist Andrew Wu!
Violinist Andrew Wu has been performing with Michigan Opera Theatre since 2004. The Ohio native got his start at seven years old after seeing Mister Rogers appear with the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, he began taking lessons at the Cleveland Institute of Music, eventually progressing to earn degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan School of Music.
Andrew said his favorite experiences with MOT have included playing an on-stage role in David DiChiera’s opera Cyrano, experiencing the power of Christine Goerke’s voice in Elektra and bringing the contemporary opera Frida to neighboring communities. But his top favorite experience is meeting someone who has attended opera for the first time.
“I love it when they tell me they had no idea they love opera and classical music,” he said.
Outside of MOT, Andrew is the director of the Baldwin Ensemble and is the concert-master of the recently-formed Orchestra Sono. He also enjoys working with hot glass and clay and has been blowing glass for more than two decades, with his work being featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Janice Charach Gallery and Lark Publishing’s “500 Glass Objects.”
“Through performing and exploring the art crafts of blown glass and ceramics, I have learned so much about myself and been in a position to give back to others,” he said. “I would encourage anyone who has curiosity to try something creative to jump in and discover how their lives can be enriched.”
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