Kai-Yun Lu is the principal clarinetist of Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, holding the Muriel Bledsoe Chair since 1998. She is also a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Woodwind Society. Appearances with other ensembles include the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center/New Fromm Players. An active performer, Ms. Lu has worked with Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, Robert Spano, Andre Previn, Gunther Schuller, Keith Lockhart and John Williams.
Already well known in Taiwan as a soloist and winner of several national 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. Ms. Lu was sponsored, in full scholarship, by the Evergreen Foundation and the Chimei Culture Foundation. 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 Conservatory’s history to win this award.
Ms. Lu holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. She is currently on the faculty of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.