B i o g r a p h y
Jenny Lu is a pianist based in Victoria, Australia. She has completed her Masters research candidature at Monash University, under the supervision of Dr Joel Crotty, Professor Margaret Kartomi and Dr. Tamara Smolyar. Her undergraduate and postgraduate piano performance studies have been conducted under the nurturing tutelage of Dr. Tamara Smolyar. Jenny’s research concerns the concept of narrativity in music and the compositions of the Anglo-Russian composer, Nikolai Medtner. Jenny completed her undergraduate studies with full scholarships.
Jenny performs as a soloist and a chamber musician with an array of repertoire and is always grateful for more along her journey through the labyrinth of music. Jenny’s academic excellence has been recognized with scholarships and prizes such as the Joan Earle Prize for best performance (2019, 2017), First Class Honours (2016) and the Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity (2013-2015) while her secondary years under Christine Simpson saw her thriving in all her subjects, composition, written and performance.
During her studies, Jenny participated in master classes with eminent pedagogues including Janelle Carrigan, Phillip Cassard, Max Cooke, Anatoly Dokumentov, Kenji Fujimura, Tony Gould, Andrea Kats, Dobbs Franks, Ronald Farren-Price, Anthony Halliday, Leslie Howard, David Kram, Paolo Ponzecchi, Geoffrey Saba and Len Vorster, while her own teaching career began in her undergraduate years.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Jenny is also a sought after accompanist, performing alongside choirs and soloists in auditions, competitions, concerts and exams.
An ardent writer and voracious reader, Jenny writes fiction, poetry, prose and journal articles. In 2018, Jenny performed and presented her paper on Kaija Saariaho's Ballade at the International Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference. Jenny likewise actively participates in a range of mentoring and volunteer positions such as the student mentor at Monash University Music Students' Society (2016), Access Monash Ambassador (2014) and English Tutor at the Adult Multi-cultural Education Services (2013-2014). Jenny is currently a committee member of Camberwell Music Society and a piano tutor at Carey Baptist Grammar.