Wu Man

Wu Man (* 1963 in Hangzhou) is a Chinese pipa player and composer.

Wu studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in Lin Shicheng, Kuang Yuzhong, Chen Zemin, and Liu Dehai. She received the Master degree in the subject pipa and won in 1989 the first prize at the National Music Performers Competition. Since 1990 she has lived in the United States. She is active in the field of contemporary music, jazz and world music.

Among the ensembles with which Wu collaborates regularly include Yo- Yo Ma Silk Road Ensemble and the Kronos Quartet. Furthermore, she appeared inter alia with Henry Threadgill, Liu Sola and Martin Simpson. Musicians such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bun -Ching Lam and Evan Ziporyn composed works for them.

Wu Man's Return to China - a China travel Wu's documentary Discovering a Musical Heartland was formed. In 2009, she led with the Kronos Quartet, led by Chen Shi- Zheng, the piece A Chinese Home, on which she collaborated as a singer, actress and percussionist except as pipa player. In 2010 she played with the Philip Glass Ensemble in Mexico, the seven -part work Orion. In February 2011, she will play with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the world premiere of Yiu - Kwong Chung's Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra The Yang 's Saga.


  • The Silk Road Project - Wu Man
  • Discogs - Wu Man
  • Discography at Allmusic


  • Wu Mans Homepage
  • Chinese musicians
  • Born in 1963
  • Woman