Siqing Lu: China’s Foremost Violinist
One of the most outstanding Chinese violinists today, Siqing Lu is the first Asian violinist to win the first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 1987. Hailed by Strad as “an outstanding talent”, Siqing (pronounced See-Ching) has performed to acclaim in more than forty countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa that has taken him to some of world’s most prestigious concert stages including the Musikverein, Vienna; Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, New York; Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles; Southam Hall at National Arts Centre, Ottawa; Maison Symphonique, Place des Arts, Montreal; Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, London; Theatre Des Champs Elysees, Louis XIV Opera House at Palace of Versailles, Paris; The Great Hall, Moscow; Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre, Melbourne; Esplanade, Singapore; National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing.
Siqing Lu has worked with many of the world’s esteemed musicians including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä as well as leading Chinese musicians such as Oscar winner Tan Dun, with whom Siqing gave the world premier performance of his Violin Concerto “Hero” in Poland in 2011, Long Yu, Jia Lu, Muhai Tang, Shao-Jia Lu, Wen-Bin Jian, Chao-Liang Lin, Yujia Wang, Jian Wang and others.
He has performed with some of today’s leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Russia National Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of the NCPA, China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, among others.
Siqing Lu has released over 20 CD and video recordings for Philips, Naxos, Marco Polo and BIS. His recordings of the most famous Chinese violin work, the “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto has sold well over a million copies worldwide and his interpretation of the work has been widely considered the best among the more than 40 available recordings of this concerto.
Siqing Lu was born in 1969 in Qingdao, China and began violin study at four. As an eight-year-old, he became the youngest student ever to be accepted by the famed Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a special student and studied with Prof. Zhenshan Wang. At 11, Lord Yehudi Menuhin chose Siqing to study at his school in London. In 1984 he returned to China for advanced studies at the Conservatory in Beijing, and five years later, he went to New York City and studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School. In addition to the Paganini First Prize, Siqing Lu was a winner of numerous international competitions including those in Beijing, England, and the U.S.