Wu Man

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Chinese-American Pipa Player & Composer • Born 1963 • Traditional Chinese and Contemporary Music

Fast Facts

  • Her family name (what Americans call the last name) is Wu, and her given name (what Americans call the first name) is Man, because Chinese names use that order.
  • Born in Hangzhou, China
  • Plays the pipa, a 2000-year-old Chinese instrument named after the plucking sounds of its strings
  • Was the first person to earn a Master’s Degree in pipa at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China
  • Performs solo and with groups such as major orchestras, The Kronos Quartet, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble
  • Composes for pipa and other instruments
  • Tries to spread the pipa into other genres such as electronic music and into other art forms such as theater
  • Loves to improvise in her playing
  • Lives in California