Assistant Concertmaster, Walker L. Cisler/Detroit Edison Foundation Chair
DSO member since 1995
Violinist Hai-Xin Wu joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra violin section in July 1995 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the DSO in June 2004. He previously performed throughout the United States, Europe, and his native China.
At the age of 12, Wu was selected as the violin soloist of the Chinese Young Artists group to tour the former Yugoslavia. In May 1995, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City performing Paganini’s Violin Concerto with the New York Concert Senior Orchestra. Wu was also featured as soloist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for its 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra on its recording and Midwest tour; and with the Bergen Philharmonic in New Jersey, among others.
Wu has won competitions including the Waldo Mayo Violin Competition, the Friends of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, and the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition. He also won a special prize in the 2002 Lipizer International Competition. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Ariana Bronne.
In addition to performing with the DSO, Wu often plays with various chamber groups including the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Cuttime Players. From 1998–2001, he was a member of the Sonnet String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at Oakland University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University and a violin and chamber music coach with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles program.