Multi-talented Christine Wu is a concert violinist, cellist, string arranger, and studio musician for records, film, television and live performance.
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 is seen regularly on shows like The Voice, American Idol, America's Got Talent, the Videogames Awards, the GRAMMY Awards Telecast, The Tonight Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
A partial list of her recording and live performance credits include: Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Paul Anka, AR Rahman, 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 recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks, including Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Lifetime Television’s Project Five, Ron Howard’s Academy Award Nominated When You Find Me, Sex in the City 2, and the upcoming PBS documentary, Salinger. She’s worked with major producers, such as Howard Benson and David Foster.
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, where she would remain 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 compositional 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 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 the behind scenes, with producers, songwriters and bands, composing original string arrangements for rock, pop, country and urban records, and recording strings for film, television, trailers, and jingles. She also has several forthcoming original music and art film projects.
Christine plays a 1782 Gragnani violin. She also records and composes on the cello and if pressed, the viola. She is endorsed by Yamaha Silent Strings, Waves GTR, Eventide, Apogee Electronics, A-Designs, and Gauge Microphones.
Christine is also an accomplished ballerina, having studied and practiced since age 7, and can play the violin while dancing en pointe.