Jeff Yunzhe Wu

Violin

Jeff Yunzhe Wu was born in China in 1998, and started playing the violin at the age of six. He attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey (England) from 2011-2017. Upon finishing his time at the Menuhin School, he was offered full scholarships from both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He chose to attend the latter, in order to study with Professor András Keller. He has attended masterclasses with Schmuel Ashkenasi, Lewis Kaplan, András Keller and Robert Levin, and profited from chamber music masterclasses and coaching from Colin Carr, David Dolan, Simone Fontanelli, as well as from the Emerson String Quartet.

During his time as a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he was given numerous opportunities to perform in various concert venues and at music festivals around the world, such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Kings Place London, the Menuhin Hall, as well as to participate in other concert tours, taking him to Amsterdam, Wales, Warsaw and China. In 2016, he led the school’s orchestra in the “Violins for Peace” concert in Brussels, a part of the Yehudi Menuhin centenary celebrations, where the school performed with Vadim Repin, Roby Lakatos, Gilles Apap, Iva bittova, Valeriy Sokolov and Kerson Leong as well as with other accomplished musicians who came together from various musical backgrounds to celebrate Menuhin’s legacy. In 2017, as a part of his graduation recital at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he led a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet in the Wigmore Hall in London, and again at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad in the same year.

Jeff Yunzhe Wu is a member of the ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA, a young ensemble which has already won awards at the “International Classical Music Awards 2017” and the “OPUS KLASSIK 2018”.

He currently plays a 1902 violin by W.E. Hill & Sons, which is generously loaned to him by Andrew. K. Riley.

 

November 2018