'First Monday 'Cello Class

Music Department

Music Events

Willamette University

November 11, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming our new professor of cello at Willamette University, Dr. Hekun Wu. I would like to invite you to our newly established First Monday `Cello Class at Willamette each month at Willamette University. The Class is open to the public and admission is free. Enclosed you will find detailed information about the class.

Professor Wu comes from the great lineage of 20th century cello playing formed by Pierre Fournier, André Navarra, Paul Tortelier, and Maurice Gendron. The latter two were his teachers in France. Wu's experiences studying in Shanghai, Paris and the United States with several legendary artists have shaped his unique artistry. Increasingly in demand not only as a soloist but also as an orchestral conductor, he is also a well-respected and devoted teacher. Professor Wu's former cello students have won top prizes in major competitions such as the Tchaikovsky and the Naumburg, and many are playing in major orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

As a concert cellist with an international reputation, Professor Wu has concertized in his native China, Europe, and the U.S. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University and the Music Director and Conductor of the Salem Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, he opened the SCO's 21st season with great success, as both conductor and cellist, with a rousing performance of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations that also featured the American premiere of Maurice Gendron's cadenza.

We would like to invite your students to attend the First Monday `Cello Class at Willamette University. Each class will allow one or two cellists from outside of the University to play for Professor Wu, in addition to his Willamette cello students. We welcome students of any level to participate. Please call the Department of Music Office at 503-370-6255 to make a request should any of your students be interested in playing.

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to welcoming you to our music program here at Willamette University.

Yours truly,

John Peel,
Composer-in-Residence
Chair, Department of Music