New Music Faculty Members Announced

April 14, 2015

The Brown University Department of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Assistant Professors in Composition and Theory. Wang Lu (DMA Columbia 2012) and Eric Nathan (DMA Cornell 2012) will officially join the department July 1, 2015 and begin teaching in the department this coming fall. Prof. Wang Lu and Prof. Nathan both share expertise in acoustic composition, electro-acoustic composition, and theory and analysis. They join Brown with an impressive track record of commissions and honors, including two Guggenheims and one Rome Prize.

Born in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China, Prof. Wang Lu composes works that reflect Chinese opera and folk music influences, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities. Her works for a variety of Western and Chinese ensembles and orchestras have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Orchestre National de Lille, Holland Symfonia, Shanghai National Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and many others.

Wang LuWang LuProf. Wang Lu won first prize at Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne’s Young Composers Forum in 2010 and shared the Tactus International Young Composers Orchestra Forum Award in 2008. She was selected for a Tremplin commission by IRCAM/Ensemble Intercontemporain in 2010, as well as the International Composition Seminar with the Ensemble Modern in 2012. Her recent orchestra work “Scenes” was selected for the 2014 New York Philharmonic Biennial New Music Readings. Prof. Wang Lu received her doctoral degree in composition at Columbia University in 2012, after graduating with highest honors from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in 2005. Prof. Wang Lu currently holds a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She has a background in composition, piano performance, research into traditional folk music, and teaching experiences in theory, orchestration, composition, ear-training, music history, and piano.

Eric NathanEric NathanProfessor Nathan joins Brown after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College, where he taught music composition, music theory, and music history. Prof. Nathan is a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and he has received international acclaim through performances at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, the 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, the Louvre Museum, and many other venues. His recent projects include commissions from the New York Philharmonic for its CONTACT! series, Boston Symphony Orchestra for its Chamber Players, Tanglewood Music Center, and violinist Jennifer Koh for a new solo work to premiere in 2016-17.

Prof. Nathan has received many awards, including ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Prize and Morton Gould Awards, BMI’s William Schuman Prize, Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center. In 2015, Albany Records will release a debut CD of Prof. Nathan’s solo and chamber music, Multitude, Solitude: The Chamber Music of Eric Nathan, produced by Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman. He has a background in composition, theory, trumpet performance, and research into the music of György Kurtág.

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