Krystal Wu, clarinet
Krystal Wu, 14, is a freshman at Centennial High School of Howard County and a clarinetist in the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Symphony Orchestra. She has studied piano with Livia Sutejo since the age of 4. She began her clarinet studies at the age of 11 and currently studies privately with Dr. Albert Hunt. Over the past three years, Krystal has been selected to participate in the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Band, Maryland All-state Junior Band, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, and New Life Foundation Orchestra. Besides receiving "superior" ratings in 2016-2018 Howard County and Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Krystal is the Honorable Mention winner in the 2017 and 2018 Young Artist Award Competition sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and Kentlands Community Foundation, as well as the 2018 MTNA Woodwind Junior Performance Competition; the third place winner in the 2017 and 2018 Asian American Music Society International Competitions; and the first place winner in the 2018 Young Musicians Inspiring Change Metropolitan Music Festival and Washington National Youth Music Competition. In 2019, Krystal is one of the five national finalists of “The President’s Own” Marine Band Concerto Competition and the Honorable Mention winner of the U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition. This will be her first performance as a soloist with an orchestra. When not playing the clarinet, Krystal enjoys playing piano, volleyball, drawing, reading, running, and actively volunteering for the community.