Taiwanese-American violinist Pei-Ju Wu enjoys a musical career both as a performing artist and as a teacher. She accepted the position of section first violin of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and is recently appointed Principal Second Violin of the Des Moines Metro Opera in 2018.
Pei-Ju's experience in symphonic orchestra has taken her to perform with the Nashville Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Chamber Symphony. She has served as the concertmaster for the Woodlands Symphony (TX), Opera in the Heights (TX), interim concertmaster for the Huntsville Symphony (AL), and is the principal second violin of Des Moines Metro Opera. Her love of chamber music has inspired her to found several chamber music ensembles and series in the past. Most recently, she founded Iron City Strings.
Pei-Ju studied with Kathleen Winkler at Rice University, Roman Totenberg at Boston University, Shirley Givens at the Juilliard Pre-College, and Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music. She graduated magna cum lauda from Boston University and has a Master's Degree in Violin Performance from Rice University.
Pei-Ju is a registered Suzuki violin instructor and has studied the Suzuki methods with Ed Kreitman, Terry Durbin, and Kathleen White. She is a teacher and artistic advisor at STEP Birmingham, and also teaches at her private studio in Hoover, AL.
Troy Bast, Violin, currently performs regularly with the Alabama Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, Mobile Symphony, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony. He is the former assistant principal 2nd violin in both the Huntsville Symphony and the Chattanooga Symphony.
Troy began his violin studies in Pennsylvania, where he was a student at Temple University Preparatory Division. Mr. Bast received his Bachelor of Music degree from New York University, and his Master of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Marie Griffith, Davyd Booth, Mark Steinberg, Shirley Givens and Laura Kobayashi.
Mr. Bast is also on the violin faculty and the director of the Birmingham Suzuki music program STEP Birmingham.
Zakaria Enikeev has been Assistant Principal Viola of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2011. Zakaria graduated from the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. On receiving a full scholarship from the Juilliard School, he moved to the U.S.
As a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, Zakaria Enikeev has performed in the most prestigious concert halls of New York City, including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic and Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.
Zakaria received his Bachelor of Music at Juilliard and his Master's Degree at Manhattan School of Music. He studied viola with Samuel Rhodes and Karen Dreyfus; chamber music with Charles Neidich, Seymour Lipkin and members of the Juilliard String Quartet and the Emerson String Quartet.
When he isn't performing with the ASO, Zakaria is active as a studio musician in Nashville and New York. Mr. Enikeev enjoys teaching both violin and viola. He has been on the faculty of the Birmingham-Southern College and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Praised by AL.com for his “enchanting solo work,” Andrew Dunn was appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Since then, he has become well known to Birmingham audiences for his appearances as a soloist and chamber musician.
Excelling in a variety of styles, from classical to jazz, Andrew has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Rouse, and Placido Domingo; played chamber music with members of the Cleveland and Cavani quartets; and performed with orchestras all over the southern United States, including the Houston, Nashville, and Huntsville Symphonies.
As a recording artist, he has contributed to the soundtracks of dozens of movies, television shows, and video games, working with composers Bear McCreary and Christopher Lennertz among others.
An avid music educator, Andrew maintains a private cello studio at home and has served as Professor of Cello at Jacksonville State University.
Andrew holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University and studied with Lynn Harrell, Merry Peckham, and Richard Aaron.