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Lucy Wu

2023 Cello Festival

Lucy Wu, 14, is a Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. She studies with Dr. Stefan Kartman.

Lucy began cello studies at age 7. She made her solo orchestral debut when she was 10 with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and was the winner of their 2019 and 2020 Concerto Competition. Most recently, Lucy won the Chippewa Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition, where she will play the Elgar Concerto with the CVS in October. She also performed Elgar with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as a finalist of the 2023 Bolz Young Artist Competition. Her Bolz performance was broadcasted worldwide on PBS Wisconsin and featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. Lucy was also a two-time finalist and recipient of the Anne French Burnham scholarship award at the 2022/2023 Schubert Club Competition. Other awards include Semifinalist of the Milwaukee Symphony Stars of Tomorrow Auditions, where she received the opportunity to perform with the MSO, and 2nd prize in the Camerata Artists International Competition. Lucy has played for Paul Katz, Guy Johnston, and Stephen Balderston, among others.

             In addition to performing solo, Lucy also enjoys chamber music. As a member of the Luminos Piano Trio, she advanced to the semifinals of the 2023 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She also attended the 2021 Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute, where she studied with the Jasper Quartet.

           Lucy is a freshman at Whitefish Bay High School, where she is co-principal of the Chamber Orchestra, member of the Cello Ensemble, junior varsity debater and team captain- attending the Victory Briefs Institute at UCLA in summer 2023, and an avid political reporter for the Tower Times newspaper.