Wu Man (Chinese: 吴蛮; pinyin: Wú Mán; born 1963 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang) is a Chinese pipa and ruan player and composer. She is an exponent of the Pudong School of pipa playing.
Since moving to the United States from China in 1990, pipa virtuoso Wu Man has not only introduced the traditional Chinese instrument and its repertoire to Western audiences, she has successfully worked to give this ancient instrument a new role in today’s music, seeing it valued by audineces, musicians and composers for its unique tonal qualities and virtuosic character. These efforts were recognized when she was made a 2008 United States Artists Broad Fellow.
Having been brought up in the Pudong School of pipa playing, one of the most prestigious classical styles of Imperial China, Wu Man is now recognized as an outstanding exponent of the traditional repertoire as well as a leading interpreter of contemporary pipa music by today's composers such as Philip Glass, the late Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, and Frank Gabriela Lena Frank, Bun-Ching Lam, Evan Ziporyn and many others, have composed new works for her.
Label: Traditional Crossroads | Released: 2005 | Length: 45'30"