Dr. Jie-deng Lu is an internationally active recitalist and educator. She has played chamber and solo recitals in venues throughout the world. These performances include appearances in music festivals and prestigious concert series such as the Russian Music Festival in Vancouver and the Brandon University Piano Concert Series in Manitoba; the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, the Tulane University Piano Concert Series in New Orleans and Northern Colorado Concert Series in Greeley, Colorado; the Shanghai World Expo Music Festival, the Hainan Music Festival, and the China Beijing Music festival in China. Dr. Lu has also given solo and duo-piano recitals across the United States in locations like Duke University, the University of Hawaii, Tulane University, the University of California at Northridge, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Nevada, Liberty University, the University of Oklahoma at Norman, the University of Arkansas, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Weber State University. Dr. Lu’s solo recital featuring Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit on the same program at the Smith Recital Hall in Chicago, Illinois in 2006 was memorable. Dr. Lu has collaborated with many orchestras in both China and the US; including the WuHan China Symphony, the Henan Symphony, the Macao Symphony, the American West Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony, the Jefferson Symphony, the Utah Philharmonic, and the SummerArts Orchestra. As favorite performer in the Salt Lake area, she frequently plays in venues like Temple Square and Salt Lake Recital Hall, and she regularly performs in connection with the University of Utah Faculty Concert Series.
A fine chamber musician, Dr. Lu has collaborated with many great artists, the violinists Charles Castleman of the Eastman School of Music and Frederic Moreau of the French National Symphony. Dr. Lu has been named piano ambassador for the Gina Bachauer Piano Foundation performing more than 100 recitals for their outreach concert programs.
In addition to joining the music faculty at the University of Utah in 2006, Dr. Lu has been appointed guest professor at Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and Nanjing University in China in 2012. She has also presented numerous master classes, including some at the Haydn Conservatory in Vienna, the Krackow Cultural Center, the Frankfurt Conservatory, and the Manheim Conservatory of Music. As an active adjudicator, clinician, and educator, she often judges international, national and regional piano competitions like the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition.
Dr. Lu is also a very devoted teacher. Her students have won prizes and become finalists in both national and international piano competitions like MTNA; the Seattle International Piano Competition; the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition; the Cleveland International Young Artist Piano Competition; the Louisiana International Piano Competition; the Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition; the Enkor International Piano and Violin Competition in Düsseldorf; the Annual American Fine Arts Festival Concerto at the Seattle International Piano Competition; the Gina Bachauer International Junior and Senior Piano Competition Audition; the American Protégé International Piano Competition; and in the Salute to Youth-Utah Symphony Concerto Competition.
Her students regularly gain acceptance—with scholarships— to top music schools such as the Julliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
During her early career, Dr. Lu won numerous piano competitions, including the 36th National Young Artist Competition-Jefferson Concerto Competition in Denver; the college division of the 2000 Spokane Greater Music (Allied Arts) National Competition; the International Tourgee-Debose Piano Competition in Louisiana; the University of Colorado at Boulder Concerto Competition; the Colorado MTNA Piano Competition; and the SummerArts Piano Competition at the University of Utah.