Galliard String Quartet
Fueled by passion and sometimes coffee, the Galliard String Quartet’s romance for the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Shostakovich, and many others is unparalleled. Founded in 1982, the Galliard is known throughout the islands for their uncompromising commitment to performing classical music of the highest caliber. All four members of the present Galliard quartet are members of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and are also seasoned teachers and music educators in the community.
Recent highlights and collaborations include acclaimed pianist Wu Han, conductor and silent film historian Rick Benjamin, Onium Ballet, Hawai‘i Vocal Arts Ensemble and Chaminade University, and composer Jon Magnussen.
Principal 2nd Violin with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO), Hung Wu is a native of Taiwan who joined the orchestra in 1993. He earned his Artist Diploma in violin performance from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and received his Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Liu performs with the HSO and with Ebb and Flow Arts chamber music series, based on Maui. She holds degrees in violin performance from Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), New England Conservatory (M.M. and G.D. with Concentration in Music-in-Education), and University of Maryland – College Park (B.M.). She is currently on the violin and chamber music faculty at Punahou School, Iolani School, Bringham Young University-Hawai‘i, and serves as a string clinician at the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony’s Pacific Music Institute.
A member of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and University of Hawai‘i faculty since 1995, violist Anna Womack concertizes frequently with various chamber groups and is a core performer with Pacific International Concert Artists. She has performed as soloist with the University of Hawai‘i Chamber Orchestra and the Lutheran Church of Honolulu’s Bach Chamber Orchestra, and, as a proponent of new music, has premiered numerous chamber and solo works. She is also active as an educator, maintaining a private teaching studio in Hawai‘i Kai, and serving as a clinician at school music programs.
Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Furman University and a master’s degree in viola performance from Northwestern University. When not teaching, rehearsing, or practicing, she can be found competing in local tennis tournaments or hiking Hawai‘i’s trails with her husband, composer Donald Reid Womack, and their two sons.