The distinguished Chinese-American violinist, William Pu, has served in key roles for two of the premiere orchestras in the United States. For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Pu was the Assistant Concertmaster for the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Born in Shanghai, Mr. Pu graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before coming to the United States. He studied with renowned teachers like Fredell Lack, Camilla Wicks, David Cerone, and Emanuel Borok. Mr. Pu was the National Winner of 1990 Music Teachers National Association Competition (MTNA) and has received many awards in national and international competitions.
At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Pu won the national audition and was appointed by Christoph Eschenbach to become the youngest ever to serve as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, Mr. Pu again won the national audition to become the Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. During his tenured years with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Pu led both as acting concertmaster, on tours, and on recordings. He was featured as a soloist on many occasions, and collaborated with distinguished artists such as Robert Spano, Christoph Eschenbach, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, and Itzhak Perlman.
Mr. Pu was invited as a guest concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Pu actively played chamber music with his colleagues and friends in Houston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and China. Mr. Pu was invited to be the featured soloist with the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Moore School of Music Orchestra at University of Houston, Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Georgia State University School of Music Orchestra, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Woodland Symphony Orchestra, and Galveston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005 and 2010, Mr. Pu was invited to perform in Beijing and Shanghai as a member of the orchestra comprised of the top one hundred Chinese musicians from around the world. Teaching has long been Mr. Pu’s passion. In 1989, Mr. Pu received the Dorothy Starling Foundation Scholarship to become a teaching assistant to Fredell Lack at the University of Houston. For many years in the summer, Mr. Pu was invited to teach at the Texas Music Festival, the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong, the Harpa International Music Academy in Reykjavik, Iceland, and continues with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO) International Youth Orchestra Camp. His students are now in many professional orchestras and top music schools in the United States and abroad.
In 2014, Mr. Pu along with his wife, Amy Chang, founded William Pu Music Academy located in Alpharetta, Georgia. It was due to his love of music and deep commitment to provide educational opportunities for young musicians that he felt the need to establish this academy. To date, the William Pu Music Academy continues to experience significant growth and instructional/performance success. In 2017, Mr. Pu founded Atlanta Youth Orchestra. AYO is a premium youth ensemble whose mission is to provide high-quality professional level instruction and performance opportunities for young musicians throughout metro Atlanta. AYO holds nonprofit status as an IRS approved 501(c)3 organization.
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Welcome to the William Pu Music AcademyDecember 4, 2017
Welcome to the William Pu Music AcademyApril 29, 2015
WPMA Students Winning 2018-2019 Youth Orchestra Positions!September 16, 2018
WPMA Cello EnsembleSeptember 8, 2018
Welcome New WPMA Faculty!August 10, 2018
Fall Registration has Begun!July 28, 2018
Atlanta Youth Orchestra Summer Training Camp ConcertJune 15, 2018