Iris Wu

Taipei, Taiwan and Naples, FL

University of Michigan:
Bachelor of Music, 2020
Master of Music, 2022

Iris Wu received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the University of Michigan while studying with David Halen. She has previously attended the Aspen Music Festival and School on fellowship, Chautauqua Institution School of Music, and served as concertmaster of the Sewanee Symphony as a fellow of the Sewanee Music Festival. Before attending Michigan, Iris performed as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra as a concerto competition winner and in recitals as a winner of regional competitions.

What inspired you to become a musician?
The ability to express myself in a more comprehensive way that also allows for a deeper connection with other people that is not otherwise achieved through spoken language.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Mozart for his quirkiness, Prokofiev for his uniqueness, and Brahms for his depth.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I am the first owner of my violin, which was made in 2016.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Read novels, mostly historical fiction and science fiction, and cook!

Why did you choose the NRO?
NRO provides us with the opportunity to make music with other fellow musicians while being in a beautiful location. And I was very fortunately given this opportunity to attend.