Women in Music Columbus (WMC) announced on Saturday, October 7, 2017, that Daniel Wu, 18 (Worthington, OH) is the Winner of the 2017 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition. Christine Shih, 17 (Dublin, OH) received Honorable Mention.
The competition took place in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley. The Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition is an annual competition for violin students (ages 16-24) who reside and/or take lessons in Central Ohio. The winner will receive a $3,000 award, generously donated by the late Dr. Tom Lesher, in memory of his violin teacher, Mary Lane.
Judges for the competition were: Bruce Johnson, Andrew Paa and Alexandra Vargo.
Mr. Wu is a senior who attends Worthington Kilbourne High School in Ohio. He has served as assistant concertmaster of both the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra. Daniel has been playing since the age of six and currently studies with Mr. David Edge, a violinist in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. His previous teachers include Mr. Oleg Pavlov and Ms. Shadwa Mussad.
As a soloist, he has won the OSU Concerto Competition and performed with The OSU Symphony Orchestra. He placed First in the Columbus Music Teachers Association Achievement Awards, the Women in Music Columbus Young Artist String Competition, and the Worthington Young Musicians Music Club Competition. Daniel is also an active chamber musician at Chamber Music Connections. He joined the summer of 2016 and is currently the first violinist in the Geneva String Quartet. They previously received Honorable Mention at the International Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. They also won first place at the 4th annual national Coltman Chamber Competition and first place at the Ohio String Teachers’ Association Biennial Chamber Music Competition in 2017. The group’s name comes from Geneva, Switzerland.
Daniel performed the following repertoire at the competition:
- Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st Movement
- J.S. Bach: Sonata No 1 in G minor – Fugue
- Paganini: Caprice No. 16
Miss. Shih lives in Dublin, Ohio and has been playing violin since the age of four. Currently, she attends Dublin Jerome High School and studies in Cleveland with Yoko Moore, former Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. She has competed and won multiple competitions such as the Columbus Symphony Concerto Competition, OMTA, CMTA, and placed 3rd in the 2017 New Albany Symphony Concerto Competition.
Christine performed the following repertoire at the competition:
Mozart: Violin Concerto No 5, 1st Movement
J.S. Bach: Sonata No 1 in G minor – Presto
Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Op. 47 – 1st Movement
Both Wu & Shih have been invited to perform one of their winning pieces at WMC’s Sunday Recital Series on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Riley Auditorium at Otterbein University in Westerville. The recital will include performances by members of Women in Music Columbus, as well as the winner and honorable mention of the Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition.