Wu Man

The New York Philharmonic

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A pipa virtuoso and ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man is a soloist, educator, and composer who gives her lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. She has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. She has initiated projects that have resulted in the pipa finding a place in new solo and quartet works and concertos; in opera, chamber, electronic, and jazz works; and in theater productions, film, and dance, as well as collaborations with visual artists such as calligraphers and painters. She has performed as soloist with major orchestras around the world, is a frequent collaborator with the Kronos and Shanghai Quartets, is a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble, and has appeared on more than 40 recordings throughout her career. Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa. Her first exposure to western classical music came in 1979 when she saw Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform in Beijing. In 1980 she participated in an open master class with violinist Isaac Stern, and in 1985 she made her first visit to the United States as a member of the China Youth Arts Troupe. She moved to the U.S. in 1990. Wu Man was awarded the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University in 1998, became the first Chinese traditional musician to receive a United States Artist Fellowship in 2008, and was the first artist from China to perform at the White House. In 2013 she was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year.  

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