Ivy Lu Wang
Assistant Professor of the Practice in Piano Pedagogy, University of Kansas
Artistic Director, International Piano Professionals Association
Ivy Lu Wang is a versatile pianist and educator, specializing in healthy piano performance techniques. In collaboration with Chinese medical students, she created a grant-funded program named “How Pianists Coexist with Tenosynovitis” recognized as an honored program at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She was invited to write a front-page article in “Music Weekly” one of the most popular music publications in China. She is a lecturer in high demand for workshops, pedagogical workshops, and masterclasses around the world. She is the founder of the International Piano Professionals Association (IPPA) and the IPPA Conero International Music Festival.
She currently serves as an adjunct piano professor at Ottawa University and as an assistant professor of the practice in piano pedagogy at the University of Kansas. She studied with Dr. Scott McBride Smith at the University of Kansas and graduated with honors for her doctoral dissertation, “Applying the Rotation Principle to Avoid Injury in Piano Practice.”
In her performance career, Wang has earned multiple competition prizes, including the first prize in the 2011 Zhong-sin International Music Competition in Singapore, where she was invited to perform at the award ceremony with the jury. In June 2011, she won the first prize in the Second Deutschland and China Gemeinsam Competition in Sichuan Province. Wang has graced stages in China, Canada, Singapore, Italy, Israel, and the US. Since 2017, she has been invited every year to perform at the Chinese New Year Concert in Kansas City. She has performed harpsichord with the KU Baroque Chamber Music recital, and premiered several New Music pieces in the Cortona New Music Festival and KU New Music Concert. As an active chamber musician, she has collaborated frequently with string, flute, clarinet and vocal artists. She has played with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and the Overland Park Orchestra in their concert series. In 2021, Wang received invitations from CCTV (China Central Television) and KCCA (Kansas City Chinese Association) to perform for the “24-Hour Global Virtual Concert.”