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Lu Siqing is the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Soloist in Residence. Born in Qingdao, China, Lu Siqing was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to study at his school in London aged 11. In 1984 he returned to China and five years later went to Juilliard to study with Dorothy DeLay. In 1987 he was the first Asian to win First Prize at Italy’s Paganini International Violin Competition.

Lu played with an intensely bright and biting tone that soared over the orchestral texture with impressive power.

The Age

Lu Siqing has performed at some of the world’s most famous concert halls in more than 40 countries. He has released more than 20 CDs, performed with leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia and San Francisco Symphony, and collaborated with conductors such as Maazel, Gergiev, Ashkenazy, van Zweden, Slatkin and Yu Long. In 2012, he formed the China Trio with cellist Li-Wei Qin and pianist Yingdi Sun. He plays on a 1734 ex-Ricci Guarneri del Gesu violin, graciously loaned to him by Mr. J Zhou.

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