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LU Yun


Lu Yun is a Taiwanese composer born in 1982. She took her first erhu lesson at the age of 9 and began studying under the tutelage of Hung Chung-kun in 2000.

In 2003, her work "Lord Xinqin," produced for erhu and Chinese orchestra, captured first prize at the Chinese Music Composition Competition organized by Taiwan's Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) and she was shortlisted for the Best Composer Award at the 16th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music.

Lu went on to win the top award for two consecutive years at the CCA's Chinese Music Composition Competition in 2004 and 2005 for Lang Sai (suona and Chinese orchestra) and "The Collection of Masks" (pipa and Chinese orchestra).

She enrolled at the National Taipei University of Arts in 2004 to pursue a Master's degree in Music Theory and Composition, and completed a commissioned piece titled "Music from the Mountain" (dizi and Chinese orchestra) in 2005 for the National Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan.

Lu released her thesis "My View on the Orchestration of Chinese Orchestra" in June 2006 and began studying for a doctoral degree in music at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2009.

She served one year as a full-time Chinese music lecturer at the Tainan National University of Arts in 2013 before receiving her DMA from Missouri under the tutelage of noted composers Zhou Long and Chen Yi in April 2014.

She held a solo concert titled "Images of Taiwan" at Taipei Zhongshan Hall in April 2015. Half a year later, she was named Outstanding Alumnus by NTUA, where she completed her undergraduate degree in erhu.

One of her latest compositions is "The Calling (Dianjiang)," which was commissioned by the National Center for Traditional Arts for the 2016 ceremony of the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music. She is now an assistant professor at the Chinese Music Department of the Tainan National University of the Arts.