Prize-winning cellist Zhihao Wu began his studies at age four and made his concerto debut at the age of nine with the Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. His elementary and middle music schools were affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory of Music and his advanced studies took him to Meadowmount on scholarship and as Hans Jorgen Jensen’s teaching assistant. He got his Bachelor degree in the studios of Julie Albers and Hans Jorgen Jensen at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings of Mercer University. Wu has been guided by several distinguished cello masters including Timothy Eddy, Lynn Harrell, Laurence Lesser, Frans Helmerson, Jian Wang, David Geber, and Andres Diaz.
Wu is the recipient of top prizes for solo cello performance including 1st prize of the “Antonio Janigro” Competition in Croatia, 2nd prize and the Excellence China’s Work Award of the VC National Professional Cello Competition, 2nd prize of 2016 USA Music Teacher’s National Association National Music Competition and 3rd prize of 2018 Washington international competition for strings. As chamber musician, Wu won 1st prize of Chamber Music for String Quartet in Shanghai, China and the 3rd prize of the Morningside Music Bridge Competition in Canada.
The recipient of scholarships from Tang-Junyuan Education Foundation, Fu-Chengxian Foundation, Shanghai Art Talents Foundation, Shanghai “Star Plan,” Stuart Holland Memorial Award, and Kates Fellowship Award, Wu performs on the David Caron cello provided by Virtu Foundation. Professor Meijuan Liu was his first teacher in Shanghai.