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Sam Wu : Associate Artist

Photo of Sam Wu

Photo: Steven Wu

Artist website: https://www.samwumusic.com/

Sam Wu's music deals with the beauty in blurred boundaries. From Melbourne, Australia, Sam (b. 1995) attended The Juilliard School for his M.M. in Composition, after receiving an A.B. in Music and East Asian Studies from Harvard University. His teachers include Tan Dun, Robert Beaser, Chaya Czernowin, Richard Beaudoin, and Derek Bermel.

Selected for the American Composers Orchestra's EarShot readings, winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, First Prize at the Harbin Competition, and a Society of Composers, Inc / ASCAP Commission, Sam Wu also received Harvard's Robert Levin Prize and Juilliard's Palmer Dixon Prize.

Sam's collaborations span five continents, most notably with the Melbourne, China National, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Harbin Symphonies, Sarasota Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Asia Society, the Parker Quartet, violinist Miranda Cuckson, shēng virtuoso Wu Wei, and pipa master Wu Man.

Sam has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, Business Insider, Harvard Crimson, Sydney Morning Herald, Asahi Shimbun, People's Daily, CCTV, among others.

Sam Wu — current to August 2020

Studied with

Tan Dun (2012 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Hydrosphere : for orchestra (2022) Commissioned by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.