Lu Liu is a professional and award-winning Pipa musician with 20 years of performance experience. She learned to play Pipa from virtuosos Liangxing Tang and Professor Yong Ge of the China Conservatory of Music. Her interest in the instrument was influenced by her grandparents, both of whom were performers in the Peking Opera. Lu was the lead performer among hundreds of Pipa players in the 2015 Zhao Jun International Cultural Event. When she came to New York, she drew from the Chinese traditions and inherited and founded the Trio StringsW with Erhu and Guzheng performers to introduce Chinese culture and music to its people. Since then, she has earned many accolades, including the Gold Medal in the 2017 New York Chinese Instruments International Competition and the New York State Arts Achievement Award. That same year, she innovatively began blending western music styles with traditional Chinese music and produced and performed the Pipa in her own concert at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
As the Artistic Producer of Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the Cross-cultural Music Director of Chinese Theater Works, member of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society, and member of Chinese-American Arts Council and the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, Lu has given solo and group Pipa performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Asia Society, on the Off-Broadway circuit, at the United Nations Headquarters, the Empire State Building, Federal Hall, and Columbia University, among many others. She holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management degree and is dedicated to conducting Sino-American cultural and musical exchanges as a Pipa performer, director, and producer.