Classical Music Encounters – 2/25 (Mon)

Listen to selections for piano, violin, and cello by Bach, Beethoven, Glière, and others at the Waterbury Library, Monday evening, February 25th at 7 o’clock.


Classical Music Encounters is a performance series at Vermont libraries founded last summer by twin brothers Henry and Nathan Wu from Essex.  As avid classical musicians, their goal is to share their art form with a diverse audience through performance and commentary.  Listen to selections for piano, violin, and cello by Bach, Beethoven, Glière, and others at the Waterbury Library, Monday evening, February 25th at 7 o’clock.

About the talented young performers:  Henry Wu is a 16-year-old junior at Essex High School. He has played the piano since age 5 and studied with Paul Orgel since age 9. He was the grand prize winner of the Vermont Has Talent competition in 2015 as part of a piano duo. Henry was the winner of the 2016 MTNA state piano competition and an All-State piano competition prizewinner in 2017 and 2018. He has been featured for several years in the Cathedral Arts Young Artist Showcase in Burlington and the Next Generation concerts at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph as well as performed at several summer music festivals

Henry is also an accomplished cellist. A student of John Dunlop, he has served as the principal cellist of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the New England Music Festival Orchestra. He was the recipient of the All-State string performance scholarship in 2018. Henry is also a member of SoundCheck, a social justice band made up of Vermont high school students. He has played cello in the pit orchestra for many Essex High School theater productions, including Frozen, Les Miseràbles, and Big Fish.  Henry was honored as a 2018 Vermont Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Nathan Wu, 16, started playing the violin at age nine and is currently studying with Kathleen Kono. He has participated in numerous music festivals, and has been selected for many honors performances and concerts, including “The Next Generation” concert at Chandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Cathedral Arts Young Artists Showcase at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Nathan is currently a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra and has been a part of the All-State Festival Orchestra and the New England Festival Orchestra over the past three years, receiving an All-State String Scholarship in 2018. This year, he was selected to be the concertmaster of the New England Festival Orchestra and will be one of a select few to perform solo repertoire at the festival.

Both brothers are deeply committed to sharing their passion for music with others and serving their community through music.