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Already well known in Taiwan as a soloist and winner of several competitions, both as a pianist and clarinetist, Kai-Yun Lu came to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory of Music and pursue a career as a clarinetist. In her sophomore year at the New England Conservatory she won the school’s annual Concerto Competition, becoming one of the youngest students in the New England Conservatory’s history to ever win this award. She has subsequently performed concertos with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 Ms. Lu was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Kai-Yun Lu is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, holding the Muriel Bledsoe Chair since 1998. She also performs regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lu has worked under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, Gunther Schuller, Keith Lockhart and John Williams.
In June 2007 Kai-Yun Lu joined the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. During the spring 2009 semester, Ms. Lu was a member of the clarinet faculty of the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
Ms. Lu holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and an Artist’s Diploma from the Boston University College of Fine Arts.