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Musicians of the NY Philharmonic

Kuan Cheng Lu


Kuan Cheng Lu was selected by Lorin Maazel to join the New York Philharmonic in 2003, at the age of 23. He is the first Taiwanese classical musician to earn a seat in the Philharmonic in its 180-year history.  Mr. Lu has received numerous awards and scholarships that include the top prize in the Taiwan National Violin Competition, first prize in the ASTA string competition, the Raphael Bronstein Award, and the Taiwan Chi-Mei Corporation’s Outstanding Young Artist award.

He received his bachelor of music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, his master of music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his doctor of musical arts from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He has studied with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Associate Principal Second Violin, Lisa Kim and Yoko Takebe. Other teachers have included Roland and Almita Vamos, Daniel Phillips, Julia Bushkova, as well as his father, Chung Chih Lu.

Mr. Lu served as concertmaster of the Verbier Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, Manhattan Symphony, and Manhattan Philharmonia. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall. Mr. Lu teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in the graduate program for orchestra performance.  He completed his doctoral dissertation in 2015, “The New York Philharmonic Strike of 1973”.

Mr. Lu resides in the Upper West Side Manhattan with his wife and two young children, a daughter and a son. Aside from music, Mr. Lu is a passionate photographer.