Grace Wu is a second-year musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2022, training with Dr Robin Wilson. She was born in Brisbane and began learning the violin from the age of six.
Grace won the 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition, and has performed as a guest soloist in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall throughout the years. She also won the 2018 Preston Concerto Competition and was a finalist in Queensland Youth Orchestra’s National Youth Concerto Competition in 2019. Grace was selected to attend masterclasses at the 2019 Kronberg Academy with Mauricio Fuks, and was chosen to perform at the final concert with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in other masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Henning Kraggerud and Alf Richard Kraggerud. Grace also placed second in the junior category of the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition in 2020.
Grace enjoys music-making in both chamber and orchestral settings – having participated in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Academy from 2014-18, as well as Australian Youth Orchestra programs. She was the youngest member of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s International Tour 2019, and was one of the recipients of AYO’s Ernest V Llewellyn Memorial Fund Awards for 2020. As for chamber music, Grace was a member of the winning ensemble for the Music Society of Victoria’s 2019 Chamber Music Award, and Musica Viva’s National Chamber Music Competition, Strike a Chord - Lockdown Legends in 2020.
Grace hopes to become a well-rounded, versatile musician in the future, in order to perform and share her love of music with as many people as possible.
Grace plays a Lloyd Davies violin, generously on loan to ANAM from Jannie Brown
Photo by Pia Johnson