Becky Lu is currently completing her Ph.D. at Cornell University, where she is mulling over the connections between the music of Benjamin Britten, 19th-century Russian literary culture, theories of translation, and modernism.
Since beginning piano studies at the age of 3, Becky has been invited to perform at such venues as Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel, and the Bard Music Festival to critical acclaim from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has concertized with regional American orchestras, appeared on National Public Radio, and participated in festivals across the U.S. and Europe, including Meadowmount, Kneisel Hall, Taos, Prades, and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. As a scholar, she has given talks, lectures, and lecture-recitals at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Analysis, Trinity Church Wall Street, Oxford's Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, and the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on music analysis, music history and politics, and piano and chamber music performance at Ithaca College and at Cornell, Syracuse, Oxford, and Yale Universities.
Becky graduated magna cum laude from Yale College, where she double majored in Political Science and Music. She earned a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music as the recipient of the Luther Noss Award. She also has an M.Phil. in Musicology from the University of Oxford, where she won the concerto competition and performed Brahms's first piano concerto with the Oxford University Philharmonia at the Sheldonian Theatre. She is grateful to her extraordinary teachers and mentors, which include Jonathan Cross, Peter Frankl, Michael Friedmann, Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, William E. Odom, Joseph N. Straus, and James Webster.
Outside of music, Becky has worked on a winning U.S. Senate campaign and interned at the House of Representatives. Her nonmusical interests include gastronomy, globetrotting, politics, racquet sports, and rowing. She made her uncredited Hollywood debut as a pianist in Mao's Last Dancer (2009), a film by award-winning director Bruce Beresford.