Composer and pianist Wang Lu received the 2019 Berlin Prize in music composition. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University. Her works reflect a very natural identification with influences from traditional Chinese music, urban environmental sounds, linguistic intonation and contour, and freely improvised traditions, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities.
She received her doctoral degree in composition at Columbia University in 2012, after graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in 2005. Wang Lu’s works have been performed internationally, by ensembles including the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Holland Symfonia, Shanghai National Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Musiques Nouvelles, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Holland Symfonia, Beijing New Music Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Curious Chamber Players, the Janus Trio, So Percussion, Ensemble Pamplemouse, Argento, Momenta Quartet, and counter(induction, among others.
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, the International Composition Seminar with the Ensemble Modern in 2012, and has also received two ASCAP Morton Gould awards.
She has participated in festivals such as the 2014 New York Philharmonic Biennale, MATA Festival, Cresc. Biennale in Frankfurt, Gaudeamus Music Week, Tanglewood, Cabrillo Music Festival, Beijing Modern, and Pacific and Takefu festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspekte Festival in Austria, Alarm Will Sound and Mizzou International Composers Festival, and the Havana New Music Festival. Her recent projects include an installation at Brown University’s Cohen Gallery in collaboration with New York Based artist Polly Apfelbaum, a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and new pieces for Yarn/Wire, the New York Virtuoso Singers, violinist Jennifer Koh, Stony Brook Contemporary Players, the Aizuri Quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ensemble Dal Niente, pianist Joel Fan, a collaboration with poet Ocean Vuong and a first portrait CD release in early 2018.