Composer and pianist Wang Lu was born in Xi’an China in 1982 and is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University. She also studied as an undergraduate at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Her teachers have included Fred Lerdahl, Tristan Murail, and Chou-Wen Chung.
Her works for a variety of Western and Chinese ensembles and orchestras have been performed in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Europe, Canada and the US, by the Minnesota Orchestra (as a participant in the 2008 Composer Institute), Orchestre National de Lille, Shanghai National Chinese Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Musiques Nouvelles Ensemble of Belgium, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne of Canada, Phoenix Ensemble of Basel, and Beijing New Music Ensemble. In New York her music has been played by renowned groups including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, So Percussion, counterinduction, Columbia Composers Ensemble, Janus Trio, Columbia University Jazz Band, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, and Momenta String Quartet. She has participated in festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Cabrillo Festival, Gaudeamus Music Week, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Sonic Festival in New York, Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, Beijing Modern New Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, and Centre Acanthes in France.
She is a recent winner of Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Forum for Young Composers, co-winner of the Tactus Young Composers Forum in Belgium, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award 2009,2010 and a finalist of Gaudeamus Music Week 2010.Wang also has had her orchestral work Wailing performed by the Orchestre National de Lille in France and Belgium in October 2009 at seven concerts.
Her recent projects include a commission from Ensemble intercontemporain and IRCAM for a 15 minute-long chamber piece and a new work commissioned by Taipei Chinese Orchestra in honor of Chou Wen-chung.
Wang Lu is particularly interested in Chinese folk songs as well as ancient Qin opera, and her music reflects a very natural identification with those influences, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities.