Selene Hongni Wu, piano
Pianist Selene Hongni Wu, born in Shanghai, China and began playing piano when she was 5-years old. She is graduating from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in May with Master of Music degree in Piano performance under Ms Marian hahn studio. Selene is an active soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. In baltimore area, she serves as accompanist/pianist for the Peabody Preparatory and Peabody Opera Department. This spring, she worked with maestro Steven White and Peabody opera for the Marriage of Figaro.
Selene attended Shanghai Music Elementary School attached to Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2001, Studied with Steinway artist Christopher Zhong and Wendy Wang. At the same year, Selene won the “TOYAMA” International Teenager piano competition. In 2005, she placed third in the Shanghai Conservatory of music Sandner's Cup Cross Taiwan Strait International Piano Competition and received guidance from multiple renowned pianists. During the same year, she attended Shanghai Music Middle School attached to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2008, she was invited to perform in Los Angeles, at the 2nd Across Pacific Piano Festival.
In 2011, Selene went to East Tennessee State University to begin her college studies with Dr. Chih-long Hu. ETSU has awarded her full ride with Steinway Music Scholarship
In 2014 August, Selene won the 2014 St. Andrews International Piano Concerto Competition and performed in the 28th Annual Gala concert with St. Andrews Festival Orchestra under Maestro Lewis Dalvit in New Brunswick, Canada. In October, she also won the 2014 TMTA college piano ensemble competition with ETSU Piano quartet. In 2015 March, Selene was chosen to perform in Lang Lang’s Master class at 2015 MTNA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
In addition to performing, Selene is also interested in composition;she has been performing many new compositions for the Peabody composition department including song cycles and piano ensembles. She has studied with composer Dr. Maria Niederberger, the chair of the music department of ETSU. she has completed a 3 pieces ensemble collection Fantasies No.1: cello with piano, Baritone with piano, and Percussions with euphonium.