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Performance Music at The University of Scranton will present violist Andrew Gonzalez and pianist Christine Wu “In Recital” Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the public.

Both award-winning musicians are fourth-year students at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Gonzalez is a student of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang and serves as principal violist of The Juilliard Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed in numerous concert halls and chamber music venues throughout the United States, including Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls, Carnegie Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater at The Juilliard School and the Sarasota Opera House, as well as venues in Canada, Mexico and South America. Last season, he performed alongside one of the world’s greatest violinists, Itzhak Perlman, along with other alumni of the Perlman Music Program in several chamber music concerts in New York, Mexico, Canada and Virginia.

For the past two seasons, Gonzalez has taken part in the Perlman Music Program’s Stowe, Vermont, residency, a community outreach program that mentors young musicians. Also an alumnus of the Heifetz Institute, North American Viola Institute and the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Gonzalez has collaborated with and performed for fellow violists Kim Kashkashian, Atar Arad, Patinka Kopec, Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot, Barbara Westphal, Victoria Chiang and Robert Vernon.

A Chesapeake, Va., native, who started playing viola when he was in fifth grade, Gonzalez toured with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra in 2009, the year he was a semi-finalist and achievement award winner of the junior division of the Sphinx Competition. In 2010, he was named the second place laureate of the junior division competition. His most recent performances include Juilliard’s 2013 ChamberFest and the FOCUS! festival featuring British music since World War II.

Wu is a student of Choong-Mo Kang and is a recipient of the Howard and Ethel B. Ross Piano Scholarship. She also worked with Santa Clara University’s Hans Boepple, a soloist with more than 40 years of experience, and has studied under Julian Martin, Logan Skelton and Mary Siciliano. Wu also plays the oboe and guitar and previously played percussion.

In 2012, Wu was a finalist in the New York International Piano Competition and a Young Arts Merit Award Winner in Classical Piano. She has performed as a featured soloist with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra of Michigan, and attended the Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Among the noteworthy artists with whom she has worked are acclaimed pianists Menahem Pressler, Richard Goode, Veda Kaplinsky, Yong-Hi Moon, Matti Raekallio, Emma Tahmizian and Paul Pollei.

Wu was one of six finalists in the 2009 International Institute of Young Musicians Piano Competition and was featured on a live Kansas Public Radio broadcast. She won second place in the 2009 Fite Family Piano Competition held in Missouri and has been a semifinalist in the 2010 Cooper International Piano Competition and the 2008 Eastman Young Artist’s International Piano Competition. Wu, who is from Troy, Mich., began her piano studies at the age of five. She has been a top prizewinner in statewide competitions including the Michigan Music Teachers Association Concerto and Solo Piano Competitions and the Michigan National Teachers’ Association Piano Competition.

For additional information, email music@scranton.edu or visit www.scranton.edu/music.

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