David Wu

Biography

David Wu is a pianist/keyboardist, music producer, and music columnist from the Seattle area. His main mission is to continue composing, performing and producing music that makes you feel encouraged – music that can help, heal, inspire, innovate, and break down barriers.

 


Vital Stats


MUSICAL ROLES:
Pianist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer, arranger, freelance music reviewer/columnist

STYLES: R&B, hip-hop, rock, electronic, classical, spiritual, gospel

INFLUENCES: R.E.M., Beatles, Doors, Blondie, Mozart, Ray Charles

ETHNICITY: Half-Chinese, Half-Filipino

EDUCATION:

  • Pursuing a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering – University of Washington (starting Autumn 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – Seattle Pacific University (Class of 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Writing & Communication – University of Washington (Class of 2000)


MUSIC EDUCATION:

  • Private piano lessons (1983-1996)
  • Music minor at University of Washington (1996-2000) 

 


History

babypianoIn 1983, just before turning 5, David was enrolled in private piano lessons under the instruction of Mr. John Van Lierop, Jr. David ended up taking lessons until his senior year in high school (1996), and along the way he experienced and performed the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms, just to name a few.

In practicing, memorizing, and performing classical repertoires year after year, David developed habits in self-discipline and persistence that have had effects in other aspects of his life.

Besides concert music, David grew up listening to a lot of oldies from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, in a diverse array of genres from rock to country. For instance, by the end of fifth grade (1989), he knew all 200+ Beatle songs by heart.

old_room2From 1993-2007, David was the Sunday service and choir pianist of Seattle’s Beacon United Methodist Church. David has also played keyboards in a diverse array of Christian worship bands around Seattle.

In 2000, despite having been a musician for 17 years by this point, David became a songwriter for the first time. In 2003, he won a regional grand prize songwriting award for “If I Can Move the Mountains.”  In 2008, this website was constructed as the vehicle for which David would showcase his productions, past and present.

Also in 2008, David’s project “The Fringemunks” was created to recap all 100 episodes of the sci-fi TV series “Fringe” via song parodies. Showrunners, producers, writers and actors on the show are familiar with the project, and one episode named a character named “David Wu” as a nod to this effort. Alyssa Milano (“Who’s the Boss?”) also plugged the Fringemunks’ release of “The iPad Song” – a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” – which caused the song and corresponding music video to trend on Twitter throughout the United States for about half an hour.

In 2010, David released a 10-song album “Orbiter” that contained nothing but original compositions for piano.  It was hailed by some as a landmark in his music career.

Also, on the side, David is a freelance music writer. “It’s fun to interview musicians – especially in person – and to have an audience for my musical perspectives,” says David.

David has been working for The Boeing Company since 2005, where he is currently a systems engineer.  He is also an area representative for the SPEEA professional aerospace union.

 


Awards

  • 1st Place, Papuri! Northwest Songwriting Contest, song: “If I Can Move the Mountains,” 2003
  • Washington State Scholarship (4 years paid tuition to University of Washington), 1996

 


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