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Lu, Pei 

 
 

 

Biography

Dr Lu Pei (b. 1956) is professor of composition, and director of teaching & research section at the Department of Composition, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the recipient of many Chinese and international accolades. In 1988 he collaborated with Yang Liqing on the dance drama Monument without Words(无字碑), a piece which was very influential throughout China and brought Lu Pei widespread recognition.

In 1991 Lu Pei went to pursue further musical studies in the United States, where he received a master’s degree from the University of Louisville in 1995 and a doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2002. He taught at the University of Louisville from 2003-06, and additionally held the Chen Hong professorship at Nanjing Normal University in 2006. He has been an honorary professor at Guangxi Arts University since 2004. Whilst teaching abroad he regularly received invitations to give lectures and participate in artistic events within China and the United States. He has been professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music since September 2006.
Prizes won by Lu Pei include: Jury’s Award at the Chicago International Music Competition (2000); awards in the 12th, 13th and 14th rounds of the Chinese Culture Prize (Wen Hua Jiang); an award from the American Composers Forum; two awards from the American Music Center; Fellowship of the 46th American Composers’ Conference, Ithaca; as well as the Silver Prize of the 1997 orchestral competition to mark the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule held by the Chinese Culture Ministry, Chinese State Broadcast Bureau, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, State Department News Office, Xinhua Agent at Hong Kong Branch, and the Musicians’ Association of China; and first prizes at the 6th New York International Changfeng Competition (1997), award of the First Culture & Literature of Shanghai, and the Golden Horse contemporary music competition in Taiwan,China (1988).
Lu Pei’s music has distinctive personal qualities. His work displays a high level of composition and instrumentation technique, dazzling with color and full of passion, as well as intense inherent tension and grandeur, and an abundance of masculine energy and propulsion. His good friend Lawrence Leighton Smith, former artistic director of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, professor at Yale University, once exclaimed on hearing one of Lu Pei’s works, “master’s hand is there!”
Lu Pei draws inspiration from folk music all over China. When Lu Pei was still a young student, it was his favorite activity of trips to collect folk songs in ethnic minority areas of Guangxi province. Therefore his earlier music compositions are always full of timbres and tones of ethnic minorities in southern China. His inspiration also drew from many different countries, areas and music materials, including from jazz.
In 2014 he was invited to King’s College, University of Cambridge to give a lecture on the present situation in Chinese contemporary music and his own composition, attended by students and teachers of the college. King’s College also made collection of the CDs of Lu Pei’s music.
Lu Pei is a lively composer whose work has been performed by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project Ensemble, the Chicago Grand Park Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk (Virginia) Chamber Ensemble, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Western Kentucky University Wind Ensemble. He has received commissions from the Silk Road Project Ensemble; the Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other symphony orchestras; Fontana Chamber Arts, Michigan; the American Composers Forum, Chicago Institute of Arts, Singapore Chinese Orchestra; Wisconsin and Kentucky Universities; as well as other commissions from American, Japanese, and China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) ensembles, groups and foundations.
Lu Pei is an industrious and prolific composer. His work encompasses almost every genre of composition, including six symphonies, three orchestral overtures, five suites, two dance scores, an opera and three concertos, as well as a large body of chamber and vocal music, and scores for film and television. On March 11-12th 2016 a series of concerts with Lu Pei’s music entitled Dancing Heaven was organized by the Guangxi Cultural Bureau, Guangxi Performing & Arts Group and the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, at which four of his orchestral works were performed. He was interviewed in 2004 by the American 24-hour classical music station WUOFL, and gave an hour-long broadcast presentation introducing his works. Lu Pei’s music has been on tour in many American states and cities including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Alaska, as well as in European, North American, Asian and African countries including France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Singapore and China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong).

Lu Pei has also written several film and television scores, including for the 1987 fine arts film Records of Seizing the Fire (取火记), produced in Shanghai, which won first prize at a Japanese film festival.

 

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