Her signature style combines knowledge and virtuosity from classical training with an ability to improvise and adapt the violin to musical genres ranging from Mozart to Metallica. These abilities, combined with her captivating stage presence, perfect pitch, and mastery of sound production and engineering, have led to her becoming one of the most in-demand musicians in Hollywood today.
Christine has toured the world as solo violinist for such music industry legends as David Foster, Paul Anka, Lorne Balfe, and A.R. Rahman. She’s seen regularly on shows such as The Voice, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, the GRAMMY Awards Telecast, and The Tonight Show.
She’s appeared and recorded with legendary artists, including : Billy Ray Cyrus, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Peter Gabriel, Placido Domingo, Michelle Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, Heather Headley, k.d. lang, Eric Benet, Martina McBride, David Sancious, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Mathis, and Annie Lennox. Christine can be heard on numerous motion picture, television, and video game soundtracks, including Salinger, The Frozen Ground, When You Find Me, Assassin’s Creed, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Lifetime Television’s Project Five, and Sex in the City 2. She’s played arenas such as London’s O2, Wembley, Santiago’s Movistar Arena, and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre as solo violinist, cellist, and even keyboardist.
Christine is also a composer of original music and a filmmaker. Several of her original music videos, including 2nd Drawer, Forever Gone, and Jenna’s Song, have been featured on PBS. Ms. Wu is also featured on the title track of Tao of Sound’s sophmore album, Ronin.
Half Taiwanese by descent, Christine began her musical training as a child, as is traditional in Asian cultures, studying violin, cello, and piano. She disliked having to practice, and even considered quitting, until being struck by an epiphany that she could become a professional musician.
She applied for and won — based on talent and test scores — a full four-year scholarship to study Violin Performance at Duquesne University. At 17, shortly after entering Duquesne, she earned her first professional appointment with the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Opera, where she continued to play as she completed her undergraduate degree.
After graduation, Christine toured Europe for one year with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, before going on to earn a Masters in Music from the University of Southern California. At USC she studied under a full scholarship (Jascha Heifetz Award) with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett of the Colburn School.
In 2001, during her final semester at USC, Christine passed a rigorous audition, beating approximately 150 competitors, for a full time position with the prestigious Houston Symphony Orchestra. She would remain with the Houston Symphony for the next four years.
Christine’s years as an orchestral violinist took her Carnegie hall and most of the great concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. While she loved playing in an orchestra, she yearned for opportunities to innovate, utilize her composition skills, and to expose classically influenced music to a broader audience.
She began studying record production and Pro Tools, learning to arrange and produce contemporary music. She “moonlit” at Houston dance clubs, improvising on her violin to DJ music for an audience of mesmerized club-goers. Word of Christine’s talent quickly spread underground, leading to a string of studio recording gigs with Beyoncé and other top Houston-based acts.
In 2005, Christine made difficult and risky decision to resign from her job with the world class Houston Symphony Orchestra to pursue a career in the record, film, and television industries. She made frequent trips to work in Los Angeles, before permanently relocating in 2007. Her abilities to improvise tracks on the spot, arrange, and compose, combined with her production and engineering skills, quickly led to her current busy schedule working in all facets of the Hollywood music industry.
Today, in addition to performing with Hollywood’s hottest musical acts, Christine works behind the
Christine Wu plays a 1782 Gragnani violin and composes on a Boesendorfer 185 piano. Occasionally, when pressed, she also plays the viola.
Ms. Wu is also an accomplished ballerina, having studied and practiced since age 7, and can play the violin while dancing en pointe.