Tze-Ying Wu, born in Taipei, Taiwan, started her music training on piano at age five and began studying the viola at age nine. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from National Taiwan Normal University, she received her Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in viola performance from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under the tutelage of Professor Atar Arad. She is a passionate music educator and performer. Since 2012, she has been holding the position of violin/viola instructor at Indiana University’s prestigious pre-college string program, Indiana University String Academy, where she works closely with its director Professor Mimi Zweig, and its co-director Dr. Brenda Brenner. The program has nurtured numerous professional string performers and educators, including world-famous violinist Joshua Bell. Ms. Wu brings her experience from IUSA to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she has been appointed as the Director of the Sturgis Music Academy under the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, starting August 2016.
Known as a well-rounded violist, she has performed in a variety of orchestral, chamber, and solo settings. As a chamber musician, Wu is one of the founding members of the Formosa Trio. The trio was selected to compete in the semi-final round of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2012 and has been invited to give recitals at the Kellogg Community College, Central Michigan University, Western Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In their upcoming 2016 Asia tour, the trio will be giving recitals in the cities of Shanghai, Tainan, Taichung, and Taipei. They are expecting to release their first CD recording in 2018.
Her orchestra and music festival experiences have taken her around the world; she has held positions with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and as a substitute violist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel, and Britten-Pears Orchestra and its contemporary chamber music course in the UK. She has performed under the batons of Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Zacharias, Oliver Knussen, Krzysztof Urbański, Hana Chang, Lan Shui, and David Effron.
While at IU, she has performed in concerts along with faculty members at the Jacobs School and IU Summer String Academy, including Atar Arad, Peter Stumpf, Joseph Swensen, Brenda Brenner, Csaba Onczay, Susan Moses, Erin Aldridge, William Harvey, James Przygocki, Sherry Sinift, Roeland Jagers, and Ching-Yi Lin. With Brenner and Lin, she premiered a piece by IU composition faculty Sven-David Sandström for the IU Summer String Academy’s 30th Anniversary Concert.