WeiTing Shyu, born and raised in New Zealand, has always had a passion for music.
Initially taught by her mother, also a harpist, WeiTing showed prodigious talent for music from an early age. She went on to learn from Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s harpist, ‘Rebecca Harris’. She started playing the harp at the age of 8, gaining her Royal School of Music grade 6 with distinction in same year. With each consecutive year, she completed her grade 7 and grade 8 exam. In 2008, at the age of 13, WeiTing gained a distinction in her ATCL diploma exam (equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree). Finally, in 2010, she completed her LTCL (Licentiate) diploma exam, again passing with distinction.
WeiTing won the Northern District Knight Templar Foundation and APPA Music Scholarships for five years in a row from 2004-2009. She was then invited to perform in Auckland Town Hall in 2007 and 2008. She has won a number of awards from south Auckland, West Auckland as well as Rotorua competitions. She played with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as an APO secondary scholar, the youngest to have been accepted in the programs history. She was also honored to be able to play the harp for Prince Edward, prime Minister John Key and new government general.
She performs an active schedule of concerts throughout the year. And has been featured as a soloist with NSJO in 2006 as well as playing 3 Mozart concertos with the APO in 2012.
For over half her life, she has played for functions in her spare time. Her favourite pastime is serenading lovebirds at weddings. In 2016, Weiting completed her bachelor degree of business, double majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management from Massey University. She continues to work as a freelance harpist, teaching and performing on the side.
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