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, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Lu has worked under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, 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.
B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory; Artist Diploma, Boston University