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About Patrick

Taiwanese-born Canadian Hsiu-Ping Patrick Wu is an award-winning composer, violinist, and multimedia artist who is constantly on the search for musical language that bridges his multicultural identity. Patrick’s music ranges from his own style of neo-romanticism to avant-garde soundscapes; fusing theatrical elements and improvisational techniques.

In the upcoming season of 2023-2024, Patrick will be launching his solo violin work "EN ROUTE" on Gillian Smith's upcoming album with Leaf Music. Some highlight of the season includes: a new string quartet for Boston-based Gaia Quartet, an aria for LYSISTRATA Reimagined to be premiered in January 2024, and various chamber music works in Toronto and Boston.

Patrick has worked with renowned ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hypercube Ensemble, The Julius Quartet, Loadbang, Alkali Collective, Neave Trio, Gaia Quartet, and nexbloom. His works have been premiered at highSCORE Composition Festival, Zodiac Music Festival, Uzmah Upbeat Composition Program, Atlantic Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, and most recently, Mostly Modern Festival. Patrick has worked with composers such as Jérôme Blais, Alexandra du Bois, Vivian Fung, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Ludwig, and Dinuk Wijeratne. 

In addition to composing, Patrick performs actively on the violin from solo performances, to chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Patrick has studied the violin with I-Ching Li, Philippe Djokic, Mark Lee, Leonardo Perez, Sean Wang, and Jesse Mills.


Patrick’s repertoire ranges from Classical to Contemporary premieres. In 2016 , he served as concertmaster of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Wen-Chen Chuang in Taiwan, as well as concertmaster of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra with Dinuk Wijeratne.


In 2018, Patrick debuted as soloist with the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra. Patrick has participated in music festivals such as the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra Camp in Taiwan, Scotia Festival of Music in Canada, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Camp (Mei-Ann Chen), and has received coachings from renowned violinists such as James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, Rachel Barton Pine, David Bowlin, Scott and Laura St. John to name a few.


Patrick is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and an affiliate member of the Canadian League of Composers. His music is represented by SOCAN and ASCAP. Patrick is a Longy Equity Scholar and Nova Scotia Talent Trust recipient. He currently performs on a 1924 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone violin sponsored by the CHIMEI Culture Foundation.


Patrick is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto under the guidance of Dr. Norbert Palej. Patrick holds his Master of Music in Composition and Violin Performance as well as a Graduate Diploma in Composition from Longy School of Music of Bard College. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University.

Patrick would like to thank the following organizations for their support:

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