B i o g r a p h y

Tianyi Lu, Conductor

Making a name for herself across multiple continents, Tianyi Lu holds the positions of  Conductor-in-Residence with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway, Female-Conductor-in-Residence with the Welsh National Opera and Principal Conductor of the St Woolos Sinfonia in the UK, and until December 2019 was Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include concerts with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Phion Orkest, Västerås Sinfonietta, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. In her role as Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra she conducted various education and regional concerts before subsequently returning to the orchestra as a guest conductor in 2020. Lu has also worked with orchestras including the Gulbenkian Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia.


The 2019/20 season sees Lu making her debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony as well the Dunedin and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. In her role as Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, she will lead a regional concerts tour in November 2019 before subsequently returning twice more to the orchestra in 2020, alongside return engagements with the Ulster Orchestra and Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2020, Tianyi Lu won First Prize at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition held in Frankfurt, and in September 2020, Tianyi won first prize at the 11th Edition of the International Conducting Competition Guido Cantelli in Novara and Turin, Italy. She also won the Teatro Regio Torino Orchestra Award, the Youth Award, and contracts to return to conduct the Teatro Regio Torino and Fondazione Teatro Coccia, Previously, Lu was an active participant in the masterclasses with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti in June 2018, and was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 2017/18 season. In 2016 she was selected to participate in the conducting programme of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera, and was subsequently invited back to assist their production of La Traviata and to conduct a mainstage concert of Donizetti in 2017. Prior to this, Lu took part in Bernard Haitink’s Lucerne Festival Masterclass.


Photo Credit: Antony Potts

Photo Credit: Antony Potts

Photo Credit: Antony Potts

Her broad musical interests and passion for contemporary music led to her studying electronic music composition as well as studies in baroque flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord. She is strongly committed to education and outreach projects, and has been involved in the Sistema Aotearoa programme in New Zealand, inspired by the Venezuelan model.


Born in Shanghai, Lu’s family subsequently moved to New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland with Uwe Grodd and Karen Grylls, before studying at the University of Melbourne with John Hopkins. In 2015 Lu completed her Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting with Distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Jones.


Tianyi is grateful for the support of various scholarship trusts and organisations, including:


The Cybec Foundation

Arts Council Wales Pathfinder Award
Prince of Wales Scholarship

Silver Medal, Worshipful Company of Musicians, London

Creative New Zealand

Kiwi Music Scholarship
Anne Bellam Scholarship

Anne Reid Scholarship

LB Wood Travelling Scholarship

Australian Postgraduate Award




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