Dylan Shih Wu is a 15 year old who began his cello studies at age three. At age 9, he was admitted to the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School in New York City.
In 2014 at age 10, Dylan was the youngest semifinalist at the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. In December 2015, he returned to the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia, and was awarded Second Prize, the youngest American cello laureate in the history of the competition. In May 2017 he was invited back to Moscow to perform in the first Tchaikovsky Spring Festival by the Association of Tchaikovsky Competition Stars.
Dylan's accomplishments include placing first in various competitions, including the 2016 Juilliard Pre-College Cello Competition, the Golden Key Music Competition, American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and the YWCA of Queens NY Music Competition. In 2015 he was chosen as the grand prize winner of the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition and the International Virtuoso Competition.
At age 10, Dylan debuted as a soloist with his first orchestra - the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra playing Saint-Saën's Cello Concerto No.1. Since then, he has been featured as a soloist throughout the United States, Moscow, and Taipei. He has performed with the Allentown Symphony, Chappaqua Orchestra, the Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble, the Belarus State Orchestra, the Fujen University Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Sound Symphony, the New York Chamber Players, and the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.
In June of 2015, Dylan was invited to perform on NPR’s “From the Top” radio program, hosted by Christopher O’Riley. In October, he was invited again to record a music video with trio Time for Three and has been featured in their Gala Performance in Boston. In July of 2017 he was invited to shoot a cover of Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun" with critically acclaimed artist Joshua Bell and “From the Top.” He has recently been featured on WQXR’s “Young Artists Showcase,” hosted by Robert Sherman.
In 2019 Dylan was named a Finalist of the YoungArts Competition and invited to participate in the National YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida.
Dylan is a student of Minhye Clara Kim at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. During his free time he enjoys playing for seniors through Concerts in Motion, and recently was featured in their annual Gala concert at Merkin Concert Hall. He has participated in the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea and Morningside Music Bridge.