Freshman to Play at Carnegie Hall

Freshman Annie Wu has been invited to play her flute at New York's famed Carnegie Hall on Oct. 24.

Annie, 14, got the prestigious invitation after recently winning the first-place prize in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. The competition is designed as an entrée into the world of flute performance for those seriously interested in pursuing a professional career.

Annie was one of the winners in the high school competition. She will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This is Annie's first major competition win as a high school student.

Incredibly, this will be Annie's second time to perform at Carnegie Hall. She debuted there in November 2008 after winning first place in the American Fine Arts Festival competition.

Annie, who started playing flute at age 8, has received numerous awards in recent years. She was the national first-place winner of the Music Teachers National Association's junior woodwinds competition in 2008, the Nafisa Taghioff Prize in 2009 and first-place winner of the Areon International Chamber Competition in May 2010.

Annie is a member of the San Francisco Symphony's Youth Orchestra.

Congratulations, Annie!

Posted Friday, Oct. 1, 2010