Our Valentine’s week Young Artists concert is a bouquet of music from Caroline Wu, 16, a junior at Combs High School in San Tan Valley and Christie Solomon, 16, a homeschooled sophomore from the East Valley.
Saturday, February 9
Caroline Wu, 16, a junior at Combs High School in San Tan Valley, Arizona, has been musically involved her whole life, beginning on the piano when she was 4 years old and the oboe at the age of 10. Caroline has participated at world-renowned international camps and festivals, including Interlochen Arts Camp (2016 & 2017), Hidden Valley Music Seminars, and Idyllwild Arts Camp. In 2012, Caroline composed and performed a trio for piano, clarinet, and cello, which was debuted at the Musical Instrument Museum with her two older brothers. In March of 2015, she performed the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G minor with the Chandler Symphony after winning their Youth Concerto Competition. Her recognitions include being awarded three Maestro Awards from the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, California, finalist in the 2016 Interlochen Arts Camp Intermediate Concerto Competition, Superior ratings recipient for both instruments in Tier 2 of the 2017 & 2018 ABODA Solo & Ensemble, Best-in-Class Award of the 2018 ABODA Solo & Ensemble, and performer in the 2018 Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Winter Concert.
Furthermore, she has participated in the 2017 & 2018 Central Region Festival Orchestra & served as principal oboe in the 2017 & 2018 Arizona All-State Band. In Spring of 2018, Caroline was a silver medalist in Category E of the East Valley Music Teachers Association piano competition, Medalist of the Arizona State Music Teacher Association Honor Recital, and received Superior Honors with Distinction for Level 12 of the ASMTA Arizona Study Program. This past summer, Wu attended the Hidden Valley Music Oboe Seminars, taught by Juilliard professor Elaine Douvas, and attended the Symphony Orchestra Intensive at Idyllwild Arts Camp under the batons of Larry Livingston and Sey Ahn. Caroline also served as principal oboe of the 2018 National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra in Orlando, Florida.
Caroline now studies piano with former ASU professor Walter Cosand, and oboe with Nikolaus Flickinger and ASU professor Martin Schuring. She is principal oboe of Phoenix Youth Symphony, Youth Symphony of the Southwest, and the Combs High School Wind Ensemble. In addition to extracurriculars, Caroline is an active member of her school’s National Honor Society and track and field team, as well as drum major of her school marching band. In her free time, Caroline tutors elementary students, stresses about her future, and watches YouTube videos.
Caroline’s Recital Program
Miriam Hickman, Collaborative Piano
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Oboe
I. Rondo PastoralePoulenc: Sonata for Oboe and Piano
III. DéplorationÉmile Paladilhe: Concertante
Christie Solomon, 16, is a 10th grader who carries out her online studies from home. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 8, then started studying under Mr. Fei Xu at the age of 14. She loves classical music and has grown up in a very musical household with all of her 9 siblings playing piano, singing, etc. She practices piano pieces by many different composers: Chopin, Haydn, Debussy, Scriabin, and many more. She also is a choir member of the East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. She is an organist for her church congregation.
Christie is a winner of the 2018 Desert Valley Music Teachers Association competition. She also won 2nd place in the 2014 East Valley Music Teachers Association competition, and again in 2018.
Aside from music, she also enjoys the outdoors: riding horses, hunting, fishing, and so forth. She loves being with her family and enjoys reading Classic literature. She says: “In my home, piano is king. Much of my time, energy, and focus go into my practice sessions, but I truly love it. I love finding the connection and meaning of the music I play.”
Christie’s Recital Program
With Jerilynn Solomon, Collaborative Piano
Rachmaninoff: Suite No.1, Op.5 for two pianos
III. Les Larmes
F. J. Haydn: Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major No.62 Hob:XVI/52
Tchaikovsky: Dumka in C minor, Op. 59 (TH 145 ; ČW 182)
Brahms/arr Anderson & Roe: Lullaby for One Piano Four Hands
Debussy: Estampes, L.100
Piazzolla: Libertango for One Piano Four Hands