Wu Jie Violin/Viola Teacher

Wu Jie Violin/Viola Teacher

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About this pro

I received great violin training from age 9 to 16 at the Shanghai Music Conservatory in China. During those years, I learned and performed many pieces of the core violin repertory and developed by the same token a solid and reliable technique. Then, I went to New York to study with world reknown violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music for 4 years. After that, I studied at the Juilliard School of Music before my performing career took off with the Escher String Quartet. Needless to say that in New York, I matured a lot musically. I was performing professionally with the Escher string quartet all over the world and finally decided to start teaching both violin and viola at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege in 2012. I currently have been teaching for 16 years now and moved to Plano with my husband three years ago. I teach both beginners and advanced students on violin and viola. Many of my students have won competitions and got into music conservatories such as the Curtis Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music. My style of teaching is not dogmatic. I observe my students and build a personalized teaching plan according to his or her needs. If you are interested in hearing me play the violin, please click on my youtube channel below. 

https://m.youtube.com/user/wujieviolinchannel


My Resume:


Employment History

Professor of Chamber Music and violinist at [email protected] Festival (July/August 2018)

Professor of violin and viola at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division (2012 to 2017)

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists with the Escher Quartet (2010-2012)

Violinist at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City (2006 to 2012)

Founding Violinist in World Renowned Escher String Quartet (2005 to 2012)

Adjunct Professor at SUNY Stony Brook University (2006 to 2008)

Awards

Winner of Chamber Music Society Two Program Auditions with the Escher Quartet (2006)

First Prize Winner of Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition (2004, 2005 and 2006)

First Prize Winner of  Orford Second International Competition (1999)

Education

M.M. in Performance,  Juilliard School of Music (2006)

B. M. in Music, Manhattan School of  Music (Graduated 2005) 

Shanghai Music Conservatory (1991 to 1999)

Biography 

Violinist Wu Jie has garnered unprecedented success as a performer and teacher. She obtained her first solo appearance at 15 years of age with the Shanghai Music Conservatory Symphony Orchestra during a tour of Germany and Switzerland. After winning first prize at the Orford Second International Competition in 1999, Wu Jie moved to Montreal to study with Eleonora Turovsky and during that period, she performed to great acclaim on several occasions with the I Musici Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the FACE Symphony Orchestra in their respective concert tours across Canada.

Following that success, Miss Wu was invited by Pinchas Zukerman to study with him at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music and while doing so, Miss Wu performed with the NAC Orchestra twice as a soloist in the Canadian capital.

While being a student, Wu Jie played in the public master classes of many renowned violinists and pedagogues such as Isaac Stern, Gil Shaham, Zakhar Bron and Ana Chumachenco.

As a chamber musician, Miss Wu is a founding member of the Escher String Quartet, a group mentored in its inception by late cellist David Soyer and later on by the members of the Emerson Quartet. Miss Wu played with the Escher Quartet from 2005 to 2012 and during those years, Wu Jie performed all over the world and collaborated with many esteemed artists such as Grammy Winner Jason Vieaux, David Shifrin, Leon Fleisher, Anne-Marie McDermott, Wu Han, Paul Neubauer, David Finckel, Larry Dutton and Pinchas Zukerman. Wu Jie recorded the entire Zemlinsky quartet cycle with Naxos and served on the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme from 2010 until 2012. Prior to that, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two Program of Lincoln Center in New York from 2006 to 2009.

As a teacher, Wu Jie taught many violin and viola students at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege form 2013 to 2017 and several of them are now in prestigious schools such as Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2018, Wu Jie was an artist-faculty member at the [email protected] chamber music festival. 
She now lives in Plano TX with her husband Pierre Lapointe, violist of the Escher String Quartet, and their two children Arthur and Isabella. 

I love working with children and see them improve as a violinist/violist and human being. I love teaching and figure out each child's personality and find the best way to teach each one of them. I love challenges and help them fix problems on their instrument, promote music and having my students loving music.

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Plano, TX 75074
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Sasha Kandybin, Cleveland Institute of Music

    When I was about 12 years old, I went through a major change in my musical life, as a violinist. I had to adjust all of my technique due to stiffness when playing and constant tension. As I went through the methodical ways of correct body motion and muscle control, I lost an important teacher and role model. I therefore urgently needed someone to help me stay along the right path, and guide me to better myself as a violinist, and as a musician. As I entered high school and the started the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division, Wu Jie was listed to be my new teacher. I knew she had been part of the incredible Escher String Quartet, whomst I look(ed) up to greatly. However, I didn’t know what to expect, and had little background knowledge of her from a teacher perspective. Little did I know, she would take me on a journey to challenge my musical mindset and curate my technical imperfections. Every lesson, when I started with scales, Wu Jie never failed to remind me of all the motions I needed to make to develop the best sound that I could produce. A good sound was something that was always highly valued in her lesson room. Wu Jie also has a great memory to the progress you make. She always remembers how you sounded the last time she heard you, and can understand what you worked on for the time being. Even when I wasn’t being the best student, Wu Jie was always patient, but realistic. She knows how to put pressure on someone as a student, and to make them work harder, in the healthiest of ways of course! Throughout the several years that she taught me, I had truly changed and appreciated so many new aspects of music, and the violin. Wu Jie helped myself and her students reach many great accolades, schools, festivals, (etc.), and will do only more of that with any other students she gets a chance to work with.

  • Sasha Kandybin

    Sasha Kandybin When I was about 12 years old, I went through a major change in my musical life, as a violinist. I had to adjust all of my technique due to stiffness when playing and constant tension. As I went through the methodical ways of correct body motion and muscle control, I lost an important teacher and role model. I therefore urgently needed someone to help me stay along the right path, and guide me to better myself as a violinist, and as a musician. As I entered high school and the started the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division, Wu Jie was listed to be my new teacher. I knew she had been part of the incredible Escher String Quartet, whomst I look(ed) up to greatly. However, I didn’t know what to expect, and had little background knowledge of her from a teacher perspective. Little did I know, she would take me on a journey to challenge my musical mindset and curate my technical imperfections. Every lesson, when I started with scales, Wu Jie never failed to remind me of all the motions I needed to make to develop the best sound that I could produce. A good sound was something that was always highly valued in her lesson room. Wu Jie also has a great memory to the progress you make. She always remembers how you sounded the last time she heard you, and can understand what you worked on for the time being. Even when I wasn’t being the best student, Wu Jie was always patient, but realistic. She knows how to put pressure on someone as a student, and to make them work harder, in the healthiest of ways of course! Throughout the several years that she taught me, I had truly changed and appreciated so many new aspects of music, and the violin. Wu Jie helped myself and her students reach many great accolades, schools, festivals, (etc.), and will do only more of that with any other students she gets a chance to work with



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I usually ask my students, or their parents, what their goal is. Then, I hear them play a little. For beginners, I have them try to play the violin and do some singing, to make sure they have an ear for it. After that step, I normally have a teaching plan in place for them.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

At 9 years old, I was accepted to study violin at the Shanghai Music Conservatory in China. After that, I completed a BM with Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York for a MM.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $35 per half and hour and $70 per hour


How did you get started teaching?

I started in my college year as a violin assistant to Patinka Kopec. I was teaching her younger students and helping them fix technical prolems and build stronger technical foundations.  I loved teaching from the very beginning.


What types of students have you worked with?

Both advanced and beginner students.


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