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Nominee for Independent Music Awards best traditional ablbum.

Concerto Premiere

In October Wu Man gave the world premiere performance of Zhou Jiping’s Pipa Concerto No. 2 at the Sydney Opera House with Joana Carneiro the Sydney Symphony. Co-commissioned by several United States orchestras and the China National Symphony Orchestra, it is the first pipa concerto commissioned by a Western orchestra to be written by a Chinese composer. The performance was praised by the Sydney Morning Herald with the headline “Wu Man’s wizardry on full display.” Watch a video interview with Wu Man produced by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Click here

Wu Man performed the United States premiere of the concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony, and went on to perform the piece with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo and Fresno philharmonic orchestras, and the Hartford, Illinois and San Diego symphonies

Wu Man will perform the China premiere of Zhou Jiping’s concerto with the China National Symphony in April, 30, 2014. Click here

Carlsbad Music Festival

This season Wu Man was awarded a prestigious grant as part of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Fund – Individual Artist Fellowship Program. The grant has allowed her to pursue her next project, which combines music from Asian and Latin American cultures in a collaboration with local Mexican group Son de San Diego. The final concert will be presented by the Carlsbad Music Festival in September 2014. View a video of one of the performances on the Carlsbad festival blog. Click here

Wu Man named inaugural Musician-in-Residence at The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens debuts its Cheng Family Visiting Artist Program with its first artist-in-residence, Wu Man. Culminating in the world premiere of a new work commissioned by The Huntington in June 2015, Wu Man’s five-month residency will include lectures, a public concert and an outreach program for music students at Elliot Middle School in Pasadena, CA.

We are delighted to bring Wu Man back to The Huntington for an extended period,” says Chinese Garden Curator June Li. “This program is geared toward helping to create an understanding of Chinese culture through the visual and performing arts, and who better to lead the way than Wu Man. She is masterful in her performance on the pipa, and is also a wonderful communicator and teacher. She not only cares about traditional Chinese music, but also how that music can be made relevant to our contemporary world.

Wu Man performs as guest musician during Kronos Quartet’s 40th Anniversary tour

After performing with the legendary quartet for over two decades, Wu Man joins the Kronos Quartet on stage at Carnegie Hall for their 40th Anniversary Celebration concert on March 28. Wu Man talks about her collaboration with the group in this feature published in The New York Times:

I never thought about stepping out from my own box, or that a pipa could be played with a Western string quartet. That’s amazing. They opened my musical world. They have been a huge influence.”

She also joined Kronos on stage for a surprise encore after their performance at UC San Diego, and as part of her residency at Cal Performances this season. Click here to view a video of Wu Man discussing the pipa in an interview for Cal Performances.

More on Wu Man from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Wu Man, a prodigy of the instrument since her childhood outside Shanghai, showed off the full range of the pipa, interspersing musical performances with anecdotes and historical information delivered in soft, accented English. She traced the pipa's history from its courtly roots to its current more public persona, demonstrated some of its technical qualities, and offered some entertaining yarns (including one about how she single-handedly, and inadvertently, altered the nature of the pipa auditions at the Beijing Conservatory).

Wu Man Announced as 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. The first traditional musician ever to receive this prestigious award!

Photos by: Pamela Tsai

“I feel very honored to receive this award. This country has offered me endless opportunities to express myself and to be creative as a musician, and to share and celebrate my native culture with so many people. I am honored to be recognized by Musical America along with many other excellent musical colleagues.” – December 6, 2012, Musical America Award Ceremony

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Wu Man Interview with BBC


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Wu Man Profiled on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

In November, Wu Man was profiled by Jeffrey Brown on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Link »