Chinese/American pianist Ning Lu is a recitalist, chamber-music collaborator, orchestral soloist, educator, and competition adjudicator who has been hailed a “true talent of his generation.” In keeping with the instructional practices characteristic of the Russian piano tradition, to which his teachers added Chinese keyboard techniques, Ning began playing the piano when he was just four years old. At age ten, he continued his musical studies at the middle school attached to Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Pinguo Zhao, the same instructor who has taught well-known contemporary Chinese pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang.
Winner of the China National Piano Competition and The Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Piano Competition in the 80s, Ning Lu has also won many major competitions in the US, including the International Tourgee-Debose Piano Competition in Louisiana; the 29th National Young Artist Competition in Midland-Odessa, Texas; the Kingsville International Young Performer’s Competition; and the 2nd Annual Audio-Video Recording International Piano Competition in New York City. He has performed over four hundred recitals in countries throughout the world, including Germany, Austria, Poland, Scotland, the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Canada, China, and the USA.
Ning Lu has presented master classes/recitals in many universities abroad, including the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music and the Mannheim Conservatory of Music in Germany; the Haydn Conservatory of Music in Eisenstaedt, Austria; Brandon University in Brandon, Canada; and the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. In the United States, he has performed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas; the University of California at Santa Barbara; Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; the University of Oklahoma at Norman; the University of Texas at San Antonio; Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; California State University in Northridge; Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; the University of Nevada; Brigham Young University in Provo and Hawaii; Utah State University in Logan, Weber State University in Ogden, and Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. In China, Ning Lu has performed and taught in all major conservatories, including Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Tianjing Conservatory of Music, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He regularly acts as visiting professor of piano at both the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and at Nanjing Normal University.
Professor Lu is a highly sought-after piano teacher in both the US and China, an outstanding educator whose students have won major prizes in international and national competitions, including the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, at the Cleveland International Young Artist Piano Competition, at the Louisiana International Junior Piano Competition, at the Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition, at the San Jose International Piano Competition, at the International Livorno Piano Competition in Italy, at the Enkor International Piano and Violin Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany, at the Annual American Fine Arts Festival Concerto in New York City, at the Seattle International Piano Competition, at the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition Audition, at the American Protégé International Piano Competition, in the MTNA Performance Competition National Finals, and in the Salute to Youth-Utah Symphony Concerto Competition.
In 2013, Professor Ning Lu became the artistic director of The Helen Taylor Johannesen International Piano Competition. Held each summer in Salt Lake City, this contest awards successful competitors more than $15,000 in cash and scholarship prizes. Professor Lu is also the founder of the Utah International Piano Academy at the School of Music at the University of Utah. Since its inception in 2013, the academy has welcomed more than 120 international pianists from countries all over the world, including Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, and the US. All academy classes have been taught by world-class pianists, including Ann Perry from the University of Southern California, Douglas Humpherys from the Eastman School of Music, Angela Chang and Alvin Chow from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.