✿ Musical Accreditation Born in Taiwan, Wu Pu-Yu began her music career at the age of 5. Studying piano under several of Taiwan’s well-acclaimed tutors - including David Saidenberg, Liu Zheng-Rong and Lu Xue-Ying - she became competent at an early age in the performance of classical compositions. At 9 she took up the flute as a second instrument, studying under Yang Shu-Chu, Liu Yi-Zhi, and Song Li-Man. Pu-Yu majored in piano and double majored in flute at Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan. While in Australia, she has studied jazz and improvisation with Colin Loughnan from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
✿ Performances Pu-Yu was chosen for the coveted post of First Flute with the Taoyuan Philharmonic Orchestra. She also toured Taiwan with the Dandelion Flute Ensemble Orchestra, doubling on Bass Flute and First Flute. She has performed many public concerts as a Flutist and a Pianist, playing concert hall recitals.
Pu-Yu founded ‘The Reason to Breathe’ Quartet, which included Mark Atkins on didgeridoo, Christian Marsh on chromatic & diatonic harmonicas, Parris Macleod on piano and guitar, and Pu-Yu on flute and piano. A summer tour of the east coast of Australia gained enough momentum to record an album in early 2006, followed by a concert hall tour of Korea and Taiwan later that year. In 2006, together with Didgeridoo Master, Mark Atkins, and Pianist, Parris Macleod, she was also invited to perform in Jeonju Sori Festival and Jarasum International Jazz Festival in South Korea.
Pu-Yu has become a popular participant in many major events held each year throughout Australia, including: Bellingen Global Carnival, Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Whale Dreamer Festival, Insomnia Rock Festival, Wintermoon Folk Festival, Goulburn Blues Festival, Railway Blues Festival, Bondi Winter Festival, Hawkesbury National Fiddle Festival, and the internationally recognised WOMADelaide World Music Festival (during which the Adelaide Advertiser proclaimed “Pu-Yu’s flute playing is delicious!”).
Pu-Yu has performed with Mezzo Soprano, Annalisa Kerrigan, in the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific charity concert. At the invitation of Pianist/Composer Tom Donald, she performed at the World Premier of Tom’s Flute work ‘One Tree Hill’. She was the Pianist for Master Harmonica soloist Christian Marsh, performing in Sven Libaek’s Harmonica Concerto. She was also a Guest Pianist for the same Concerto with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra, Newcastle Symphony and Orchestra Nova.
Pu-Yu has also performed with some of Australia’s biggest rock stars, including: Doc Neeson and the Brewster Brothers from the Angels, Phil Emmanuel, Gail Page, Joe Robinson, and the award-winning duo Dr. Goodvibe.
✿ Albums Pu-Yu has performed as a guest on numerous albums as either Pianist or Flutist in a wide cross-section of musical styles, including: Dave Bishop’s ‘Above the Roof’; Mark Atkins’ ’Didge Odyssey’; Kristian Benton’s ‘Spirit Alive’; Scott Thomas’ single ‘Bohemian’; Daryl Melbourne’s ‘The Kelly Gang’; Parris Macleod and Andrew Clermont’s ‘Flat Out Like a Lizard Drinking’; Paul Robert Burton’s Band of Gypsys ‘Invocation’; and Dr. Goodvibe’s ‘The New Bohemia’.
She also published her classical piano album ‘Chromatic Fantasy’, and performed on and co-produced ‘The Reason to Breathe Quartet’ self-titled album with Parris Macleod.
✿ Compositions Pu-Yu is also a composer in her own right. In 2008, Pu-Yu’s composition ‘After the Battle’ and ‘Fire Shadow Dance’ were nominated for Best Sound Track and Best Instrumental in the ABC Music Awards.
✿ Teaching Pu-Yu is now teaching at the Intuition Music School in Berkeley Vale, where she mentors and inspires young children in the arts as well as live performance.
✿ Graphic Design She is also a skilled graphic artist and has established her own graphic design studio, providing high quality services for fellow musicians.