Nancy Shoop-Wu



How did you start playing your instrument?

I got started playing the violin at the age of 9 when my elementary school sent a string teacher to my classroom to see if anyone was interested in being part of the string program. The moment I heard the violin I had to play it! It was love at first sound!

Who is your favorite composer?

Ravel and Mozart

Favorite solo piece

The Mother Goose Suite by Ravel

Other than classical music, _______ is on my phone/iPod.

Other than classical music I like to listen to contemporary instrumental music.

Activities, hobbies, interests, outside of music

I love to hike and be in nature.

Guilty Pleasure

Watching episodes of Doc Martin and singing Disney songs

More About Nancy Shoop-Wu

Violinist Nancy Shoop-Wu began her musical life in Connecticut where she began playing the violin at the age of 9. A graduate of the Yale School of Music where she studied with Paul Kantor and Ida Kavafian, she landed a position in the Filarmonica de Caracas when she was just 20 years old. After winning positions in New Haven Symphony and Hartford Symphony, she moved to Hawaii to accept a position in the Honolulu Symphony (now Hawaii Symphony) in 1990.

Inspired by the rich musical world she entered when becoming a member of the HSO and the opportunity it gave her to play with great artists from all styles of music from Classical to Hawaiian, Nancy began to compose her own island-inspired contemporary instrumental songs. Her album Rainbow Road was a finalist for Hawaii’s Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2016 and was also nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best New Artist in the ZMR Awards for radio.