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Lu Wang

Providence, RI   

Composer and pianist Wang Lu (born 1982, Xi’an, China) writes music that reflects a very
natural identification with influences from traditional Chinese music, urban environmental
sounds, linguistic intonation and contours, and freely improvised traditions, through the prism
of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities.

She is currently the David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University, after
receiving her doctoral degree in composition at Columbia University and graduating from the
Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. Wang Lu’s works have been performed internationally,
by ensembles including the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Alarm Will Sound,
Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Holland
Symfonia, Shanghai National Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Musiques Nouvelles,
Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, International Contemporary Ensemble, Third Sound, Curious
Chamber Players, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Argento, and Momenta Quartet, among others.
Her most recent works have been written for the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players,
violinists Miranda Cuckson and Jennifer Koh, pianist Joel Fan, the Aizuri Quartet, and the New
York Virtuoso Singers.

Wang Lu received the Berlin Prize in Music Composition (Spring 2019 residency) and was a 2014
Guggenheim Fellow. She won the first prize at Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne’s Young
Composers Forum in 2010 and shared the Tactus International Young Composers Orchestra
Forum Award in 2008. She was selected for a Tremplin commission by IRCAM/Ensemble
Intercontemporain in 2010 and the International Composition Seminar with the Ensemble
Modern in 2012, and has also received two ASCAP Morton Gould awards.

Her music was programmed on festivals such as the 2014 New York Philharmonic Biennial,
MATA Festival, Cresc. Biennale in Frankfurt, Gaudeamus Music Week, Tanglewood, Cabrillo
Music Festival, Beijing Modern, Pacific and Takefu festivals in Japan, Mostly Mozart, Aspekte
Festival in Salzburg, Mizzou International Composers Festival, and the Havana New Music
Festival. She has also been a resident at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Collaborations have
included an installation at Brown University’s Cohen Gallery with artist Polly Apfelbaum and an
evening of poetry and music with poet Ocean Vuong. Her upcoming projects include a Miller
Theater Portrait Concert in February 2019, a portrait concert with Ensemble Recherche in Paris,
and a concert in Berlin with Ensemble Mosaik and soloists Ryan Muncy, Anthony Cheung, Wu
Wei.

Of her portrait album Urban Inventory, released in March 2018, Alex Ross wrote in the New
Yorker, “I’ve listened at least a dozen times to the composer Wang Lu’s new album, “Urban
Inventory” (New Focus Recordings), and remain happily lost in its riotous maze of ideas and
images. Every moment is vividly etched, drenched in instrumental color, steeped in influences
that range from ancient Chinese folk music to the latest detonations of the European avantgarde…
The sense of loneliness that emerges at the end of “Cloud Intimacy” lurks behind all of
Wang Lu’s meticulous frenzies: it is of a piece with the essential solitude of composing, of
sitting in silence and dreaming of a music that has never been heard.”