Katherine Woo, age 15, resides in Greer, SC, and attends Riverside High School as a 10th grader. She was born in San Jose, CA and started studying the violin at age 7. She moved to Greenville, SC at age 8 and resumed her private lessons with Mrs. Kathryn McLean. Later, she started studying from Deirdre Hutton of Furman University. She currently attends the Juilliard Pre-College and studies with Mr. Masao Kawasaki. She has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Carolina Youth Symphony (CYS) for 6 years, and has been the concertmaster of the GCYO Young Artist Orchestra since the fall of 2011. She also participates in the Fine Arts Center’s chamber music program.
Recently, in November 2013, Katherine made her debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as one of the 2nd place winners in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Additionally, she was chosen as one of the finalists for the 2014 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. She was awarded 2nd prize and the “Audience Award” at the 2013 Salome Young Artists Competition. This summer, Katherine attended the Heifetz International Music Institute and studied with Catherine Cho, Andy Simionescu, Joan Kwuon, and Vera Tsu. While there, she traveled to Washington D.C. and performed the national anthem and “God Bless America” at the Washington Nationals baseball game. Also, she had the great opportunity to perform for the Governor of Virginia. Recently, Katherine was featured as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at the “Symphony Under the Stars” concert. Also, she was chosen as one of the finalists in the 2013 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. Katherine was chosen as the 2nd place winner in the orchestral division of the 2013 Crescent Music Club Scholarship Competition. As the first place winner of the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto/Aria Competition, Katherine featured with the orchestra in October 2012.
She participated in the 2012 Bowdoin International Music Festival and studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky. Also, she was selected and performed in the Artists of Tomorrow Student Concert Series. She featured as a soloist with the YAO Orchestra in January of 2012. Katherine performed with the World Mission Youth Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, in May 2011. As the first place winner of the 24th Annual CYS/Carolina First 2010 Young Artists Concerto Competition, Katherine performed with the Carolina Youth Symphony in March of 2011. She was awarded Grand Prize at the 2009 INPSS International Youth Praise Festival, and as the Grand Prize Winner, she performed at the Kennedy Center, where she was named “The Best Performer of 2010.” She was awarded with Alternate Winner in the MTNA Junior State Competition in 2010 and also received Gold Prizes at the INPSS Festivals, both in 2008 and 2007.
As an additional passion for music, Katherine also plays piano. She started the piano with her mother at age 6 and currently studies with Mrs. Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin of North Greenville University. She was awarded 1st place at the 2013 GCYO Young Artists Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed with the orchestra in January 2014. Katherine was chosen as the 2013 MTNA South Carolina state winner and competed at the Southeast Regional Competition. She has received other numerous prizes including 2nd Place at the 26th Annual CYS/Carolina First 2012 Young Artists Concerto Competition, 2nd place at the 24th Annual CYS/Carolina First 2010 Young Artists Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2010 MTNA Junior State Competition, 1st Prize at the 2012 GMTA Lawrence Hamilton Morton Piano Scholarships, 1st Prizes in 2012 and 2011, respectively, at Crescent Music Club Competitions, and Gold Prize at the INPSS Festival in 2009. She also performed at the 2012, 2011, and 2010 SCFMC Honors Recitals. Katherine has played in a master class for Yoshikazu Nagai.
Katherine has performed numerous times for the elderly seniors at Oakleaf Village, an assisted living community. Also, as a part of the Greenville County Youth Orchestras’ Young Artist Orchestra, she has participated in performing in education concerts for elementary and middle school kids of multiple counties in South Carolina. Katherine has appeared on WSPA Channel 7 and has been interviewed for various events, appearing in the Greenville News.