International Schools Choral Music Society

Sam Wu

Composer - Commission 2018
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Sam Wu's music deals with the beauty of blurred boundaries. From Shanghai, China, Wu (b. 1995) currently pursues his masters in composition at The Juilliard School, after receiving his A.B., with honors, from Harvard University. His principal teachers include Tan Dun, Robert Beaser, Chaya Czernowin, Derek Bermel, and David Conte.

Winner of Harvard University's Robert Levin, Francis Boott, John Green, Hugh F. MacColl, Wister Prizes, Artist Development Fellowship, Ensemble Ibis Competition, Oklahoma City University’s Project21 Prize, Interlochen Fine Arts Best Composer Award, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra Composition Competition, and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Sam was also a participant in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's Young Composers' Initiative.

Sam has been commissioned by the Shanghai International Arts Festival, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Anda Union, Sydney University Confucius Institute, Brattle Street Chamber Players, Princeton Pianists’ Ensemble, and the Harvard Ballet Company.

Sam’s music has been performed in the United States, France, Portugal, Australia, Japan, China, and Indonesia. His other collaborators include the Melbourne Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Asia Society, Parker Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Juventas Ensemble, Shanghai Conservatory Youth Symphony, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Radcliffe Choral Society, and pipa master Wu Man. As arranger, Sam has written for the Italian, Moscow Philharmonic, China National, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xi'an Symphonies, as well as Xinjiang musician Alimjan.
In addition to composing, Sam has served as the assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, music director of the Mozart Society Orchestra, Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Harvard Early Music Society, and guest conductor of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra. Sam furthermore acts as musical assistant and arts administration intern under Tan Dun.
Sam also has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, Business Insider, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Arts Blog, Asahi Shimbun, People's Daily, China Daily USA, SinoVision, four CCTV channels, ICS, Shanghai municipal TV Channels, among others.