As Duo Axis, flutist Zach Sheets and pianist Wei-Han Wu present vibrant performances that feature traditional classical music and new, experimental works in equal measure. Their well-rounded experiences as chamber musicians, soloists, orchestral players, and arts administrators inform their multi-dimensional art-making and shape their exploration of new dialogues with audiences. Duo Axis champions the thrilling potential of authentic duo playing and the unbridled possibilities of flute and piano instrumentation. Sheets and Wu frequently work closely with composers to create new works and foster a reciprocally beneficial spirit of innovation.
The duo began their collaboration in 2014 in Rochester, New York. They have been presented on recital series by University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), the Creative Arts Initiative (Buffalo, NY), EQ Concerts (Boston, MA), Æpex Contemporary Performance (Ann Arbor, MI), the Houston Flute Club (Houston, TX), Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), and more. Between them, they have attended the Tanglewood, Aspen, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Britten-Pears, Castleton, and Klangspuren Festivals. Recent world-premiere commissions include works by Guggenheim Fellow Tonia Ko, Gaudeamus Prizewinner Anthony Vine, and a new work in progress by Sivan Eldar.
In Fall 2018 Duo Axis was in residence at the University at Buffalo, featuring masterclasses, chamber music coaching, and private lessons—and performing a featured recital of new and recent works. During their time in Buffalo, Zach and Wei-Han were proud to work with students at Buffalo String Works, an El Sistema-based creative, grassroots program serving refugee students and recent immigrants on Buffalo's West Side.
Other recent highlights include an artist residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, the European premiere of Rand Steiger’s Light on Water at the Valencia International Performance Academy (VIPA), and a sold-out recital presented by the Cape Cod Symphony, hailed as "outstanding" by local press. Their projects have been made possible thanks to support from the Ditson Fund, New Music USA, and more.