Pianist Jianhan Wu was a first-place winner and scholarship awardee at the 2017 Canadian Music Competition. In the same year, he made his orchestral debut with the McMaster Chamber Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1. Prior to this, in 2016, Jianhan was the sole Canadian recipient of a full scholarship, supported by the Council for Canadian-American Relations, to attend the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program in Philadelphia. Additionally, Jianhan has been awarded various scholarships from the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. Most recently, Jianhan was awarded second prize at the 2018 Mississauga Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition and performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.2 with the York Symphony under the baton of Maestro Denis Mastromonaco. Jianhan pursued his piano performance training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the studio of Edward Janus and Arshalouise Nersessian before continuing in the studio of Shoshana Telner at McMaster University and studies with Valerie Tryon.
Outside of classical music, Jianhan is interested in collaborative community-based music projects. During his undergraduate degree, he was the piano accompanist for Health Sciences Musical, an annual musical performance produced by students in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. Outside of music, Jianhan is a biomedical sciences researcher in the field of cancer biology and is currently pursuing his MSc. degree in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Steinberg.
Jianhan Wu will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1 at our Russian Treasures concert on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 pm.