The most acclaimed and prominent Chinese violinist in the world today, hailed by Strad as “an outstanding talent”, Lu Siqing was the first Asian violinist to win the first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 1987. Lu Siqing’s splendid and unparalleled enthralling violin performance has impressed the audience world-wide and has brought his virtuosity to about forty countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Lu Siqing has performed extensively with many of the world’s esteemed musicians including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä as well as leading Chinese musicians such as Yu Long, Tang Muhai, Lu Jia, Lu Shao Jia, Jian Wen Bin, Chao Liang Lin, Yujia Wang, Jian Wang, and Oscar winner Tan Dun, with whom Siqing premiered his violin concerto Hero in Poland in 2011.
Lu Siqing was featured as soloist with orchestras such as the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony, China National Symphony Orchestra , China Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Kyushu Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Paris Sinforniatta, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia National Orchestra, Russia Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Camerate, Vancouver Symphony, Washington Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony.
Lu Siqing has released over 20 CDs and video recordings for established labels such as Philips, Naxos and Marco Polo and BIS. His recording of Sarasate’s Violin Showpieces with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra was a huge success. His recording of the Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Toronto Camerata, in which Lu Siqing performed with six exquisite violins by Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesu and Nicolo Amati, received brilliant reviews. He has made four recordings of the most famous Chinese violin work, Butterfly Lovers violin concerto. His interpretation has been widely considered the best among more than 40 available recordings of this work, and has sold well over a million copies worldwide. Lu Siqing’s 1997 release, Traumerei- Romantic Violin Favorites, with pianist Robert Koenig, was awarded CD of the month by All Music Magazine and China Times in Taiwan and was voted among the best 100 CDs of 1997 by Sound Symposium.
Lu Siqing was born in 1969 in Qingdao, China and began violin study at four. As an eightyear-old, he was accepted by the Central Conservatory of Music as a special student – the youngest student ever accepted at the famed institution – and studied with Wang Zhen Shan. At 11, Lord Yehudi Menuhin chose Lu Siqing to study at his school in London. In 1984, he returned to China for advanced studies at the Conservatory in Beijing, and five years later, he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School. In addition to the Paganini First Prize, Lu Siqing has won numerous international competitions including those in Beijing, England, and the U.S.