Yu-Ting Wu is a violinist from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Born in Taichung, Taiwan, she moved with her family to Maryland at the age of four and began studying violin with her father. Yu-Ting has performed regularly in orchestras since the age of ten and in 2008 she received full-scholarship to attend Towson University in Maryland where she studied with Dr. Jeffrey Howard. She also served as concertmaster in the Towson Symphonic Orchestra.
Well-versed in all styles of music, Yu-Ting has performed with Baltimore-based chamber ensemble The American Virtuosi with cellist Dr. Cecilia Barzcyk at the Polish Embassy and Kosciuszko Foundation for the “American Tribute to Chopin” concert series; Hank Levy Band and Towson Big Band directed by Jim McFalls; Baltimore-based twelve-person improvisation/contemporary jazz ensemble, Friday Night Book Club; Towson University Pop Ensemble directed by Jeremy Raggsdale and guest artist Shea Welsh; Crack the Sky: John Palumbo band at Music & Arts Festival in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania; Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra; variety dance/jazz/Latin band, Raggs & The All Stars; world percussionist, scholar, and teacher N. Scott Robinson; Rabbi Andrew Hahn and artists; and North American Frame Drum Association artists Yshai Afterman, Shane Shanahan, Patrick Graham, and Mac Ritchey.
Working closely with composers at Towson University, she developed an interest in performing new music. A fellow friend and colleague, Domenic Turchi, dedicated his Sonatina for Violin and Piano to Yu-Ting and it was premiered in the Fall 2011 Towson Composer’s Concert with pianist Jing Zhang. The premiere received a positive review from Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith. In the fall of 2012, Yu-Ting and colleague, Ryan Bancroft, gave a performance of John Cage’s Thirteen Harmonies (1985), Six Melodies (1950), and Nocturne (1947). The concert was very well-received and CalArts trumpet professor Edward Carroll commented:
“...absolutely sensational…egoless, and subtle performance…”
Yu-Ting holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts for violin performance. She studied under the instruction of Mark Menzies where she served as concertmaster of the CalArts New Millennium Orchestra and New Century Players Ensemble led by Chris Rountree. Some of her mentors include Lorenz Gamma, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Vicki Ray, Allan Vogel, David Roitstein, David Rosenboom, Jim McFalls, Dave Ballou, N. Scott Robinson, and K.S. Resmi.
Yu-Ting is a member of Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (VOCE), The Whyman Project, Waraynon Initiative Network Orchestra, and folk bands Shelby & Tieg and Jett-K. She can also be found recording in various studios around Los Angeles: Warner Brothers, Fox Studios, Bridge, and Village studios for movies, shorts, and pop artists.