Shih-wei Willie Wu


Shih-wei Willie Wu is a 1.5 generation Taiwanese-American composer and musician. He was born in Taoyuan(桃園), Taiwan. A recent graduate of UC Riverside, Wu received his B.A. in music with focuses on composition, taiko(太鼓)performance, bassoon performance and ethnomusicology. He studied under the direction of: Byron Adams, Renée Coulombe ,and Tim Labor. Wu is an active performer in Los Angeles and Inland Empire on both the bassoon and Taiko. He has served as the president of the Composer’s Collective club at UC Riverside from 2010 to 2011, where he had premiered several pieces along with fellow composers at UC Riverside. Wu had his pieces performed in Riverside and Hollywood. His main interest lies in intercultural works, fusion works, queer performance theories and stage works. He currently performs with two taiko groups, Satori Taiko and Taiko Mix. Wu has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Grenada Theatre, and Hollywood Bowl. Recently, Wu has appeared in Coldplay and Rhianna’s music video “Princess of China.”

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