Willamette cellist-conductor earns notable award from Oregon Arts Commission

Willamette music Professor Hekun Wu recently earned a 2010 Career Opportunity Award from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Wu is one of only 11 artists to win the award, which supports work on projects that represent a significant contribution to their field.

He will use the award to help complete and distribute his two-CD recording, "The Tao of Bach - Six Solo Suites for Violoncello," a two-year effort that included a series of solo recitals in Oregon and abroad.

"For me, the Six Solo Suites are the ‘Tao' that inspires me to continue searching as a man and artist. The Suites give one wisdom, strength and nourishment, like a mirror to reflect upon as I navigate this noisy world," Wu says. "I am grateful for this award, and I also appreciate the Willamette University Atkinson Grant that allowed me to first start the project."

Wu has a versatile career as a concert cellist, conductor and chamber musician. He has performed in China, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and cities across the U.S., and he has taught workshops and master classes worldwide.

He directs the University Chamber Orchestra, and his former students have won major national and international competitions and serve in principal positions with major orchestras. Learn more about Wu on the music department website, and read more about his work on "The Tao of Bach."