About Shirley

Canadian pianist Shirley Wu studied physiology and piano performance at McGill University, Montreal before completed her Master degree in Performance Science at London’s Royal College of Music in 2017. In 2014, she founded Opus One Music (opusone.ca) to promote the social function of chamber music.

As a piano performer, Shirley is often invited to organize and perform at social and diplomatic events. She has also performed publicly in Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and London. She is actively engaged in the
charitable arts movement. In 2017, she attended the autumn musician residency at the Banff Arts Center. In 2019, she participated in the Budapest Concerto Festival.

Shirley conducted research on levels of awareness of Performance Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PRMDs) among students in Canada, and also helped musicians in concert and exam preparations. Shirley worked at Clinique de l’Artiste from 2018-2019, where she spoke at conferences to help musicians and artists improve their performance. When not expressing herself using Music Language, Shirley contributes to different medias as a trilingual journalist/blogger in Montreal, writing about culture and art. She believes being able to speak and write fluently in English French and Mandarin Chinese three languages is her great strength not weakness, which naturally makes her a unique cultural ambassador who is able to bridge the world.


Between 2009 and 2013, Shirley completed her studies of Physiology and Piano Performance at University McGill, where she obtained her bachelor diploma in 2013. Before McGill, Shirley studied at Vanier College and obtained a Double D.E.C. in Science (Pure Science) and Music (Piano Performance).

About Opus One

Languages are building blocks of every communication process in human culture. But considering the many conflicts arisen today due to language barriers, it is really music, when played correctly, that can provide an immense platform for social interactions. Opus One Music challenges cultural boundaries with the belief that cultures are attracted to each other because of their differences but accept each other because of their similarities. When people use another culture to interpret the same music, they may be able to offer the piece a brand new interpretation, open up a new perspective, which could be a very refreshing experience for both sides.

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