Weiqiao Wu


Hometown: Shenyang, China

Alma maters: Central Conservatory of Music, China; The Boston Conservatory

Photo by Matt Dine


Awards/Competitions: 1st Prize, 2015 Boston Conservatory String Competition; 1st Place, 2014 Boston Conservatory Chamber Honors Competition

Appearances: Tanglewood Music Center, 2017–18; National Orchestra Institute, 2014; Heifetz International Music Institute, 2013; Music master course, Japan, 2015; Prague Summer Nights Music Festival, 2016; Chichibu International Music Festival, 2013; Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, 2013–16; Indian Hill Orchestra, 2015–17

What inspired you to audition for TŌN? I found out about TŌN while searching for orchestra programs online and thought it was awesome that they perform in blue!

What is your biggest inspiration? Nature

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Bach’s “Chaconne,” because it’s universal, and everything you can imagine is in it.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Practice, solve each problem, and enjoy the emotional connection with an audience in a performance.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? Definitely. I had a memory slip once . . . seven times in a seven-minute piece . . .

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Sam Smith

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Cooking

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Shagri-la; it only exists in your heart.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I want to be a chef.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: The sound may come out from your instrument, but music only comes from you.