Wang Lu
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Composer Portraits

For twenty years, Miller's flagship series has fostered the creation of new work, served as an incubator...

Program Notes

Composer Portraits: Wang Lu

Although Wang’s music lives in the interstices between Eastern and Western realms of sound, more and...

Composer Portraits

Wang Lu

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8pm

Born in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, composer and pianist Wang Lu writes music that is dramatic, lyrical, and powerful. Brought up in a musical family with strong Chinese opera and folk music traditions, her works reflect a very natural identification with those influences, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities. The musicians of ICE and Yarn/Wire are longstanding champions of Wang Lu, and their enthusiastic devotion will be on full display in this important showcase.

Read the Q&A with Melissa Smey about this Portrait by writer Lara Pellegrinelli


  • A-PPA-Aratus (2019), world premiere, Miller Theatre co-commission with the Koussevitsky Music Foundation
  • Childhood Amnesia (2017)
  • Rates of Extinction (2016)
  • Urban Inventory  (2015)
  • Siren Song  (2008)

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre