Foothill Musician in National Contest

Annie Wu, 15, who began playing flute at age 8 after three years of piano lessons, is competing this week at the National Flute Association's High School Soloist Competition  in Charlotte, N.C.

She is in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and studies flute with Isabelle Chapuis. Annie will be a sophomore at Foothill High School.

The NFA holds a national pre-screening of competitors, who send in tapes of a set repertoire, and chooses eight finalists. This year there are two each from New York, Boston and Texas, one from Chicago and Wu from California.

At age 12, Wu won the national first prize in the Music Teacher's National Association Woodwind Competition, junior division. She debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 12 as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival 2008 Competition and returned last October as the first-place winner of the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition.

Last year, she also won the International Independent Music Woodwinds Competition "Individualis."

Article and photo re-posted with permission of the Pleasanton Weekly and managing editor Dolores Fox Ciardelli. Please click here for the original article on the Weekly's website.

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011