ABOUT

Polish of Vietnamese descent composer and pianist, Ania Vu (née Vũ Đặng Minh Anh) writes music that explores the interplay between the sound properties of the words and their meanings, musical energy related to form, and varied notions of time. She also enjoys crafting her own text—often in Polish—that serves as a sonic, formal, and expressive guiding reference in her musical writing process.

As the winner of the Boston New Music Initiative's 9th Annual Commissioning Competition (2021) and prize recipient of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra's Call for Scores (2020), Ania has worked with leading new music ensembles and musicians, including the Daedalus and Mivos string quartets, Sō Percussion, the TAK, International Contemporary and Kamratōn Ensembles, the Iridium Saxophone Quartet, pianist Eunmi Ko, percussionist Robert McCormick, and sopranos Rose Hegele and Paulina Swierczek. She has received recognition and fellowships from ASCAP, the American Opera Project, Tanglewood, the I-Park Foundation, and her music has been featured at festivals and conferences, including the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Research on Contemporary Composition Conference, ISCM's Virtual Collaboration Series, Tage Neuer Musik in Regensburg (Germany), Society of Composers, College Music Society Regional Conferences, International New Music Festival at the University of South Florida, Red Note New Music Festival, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Valencia International Performance Academy (Spain), and soundSCAPE (Italy).

Ania is the 2022-23 Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago's Center for Contemporary Composition. She recently completed her fellowship with the Composers & the Voice, a two-year training program that provides experience writing for the voice and opera stage. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Anna Weesner, James Primosch, Marcos Balter, and Amy Williams. In 2017, she received her B.M. in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Oliver Schneller, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and David Liptak. Her first composition teacher was her mother, Đặng Hồng Anh.

Together with pianist Eunmi Ko, they started an initiative called The Music She Writes, a series of four virtual concerts featuring 25 works by Asian female composers. This project aims to highlight the diversity and significance of music by a very large, yet underrepresented community.

Ania is also an actively performing pianist and a passionate music educator. For more information about her piano background, performances and teaching, please scroll down to Piano.

Outside of music, Ania has a deep interest in languages, and speaks fluent English, Polish, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to having studied Latin and German; currently, she is learning modern Greek. She also enjoys traveling - having visited 30 countries so far -, wandering in all kinds of museums, and ballroom dancing.

NEWS


2022

September 27
Ania begins her appointment as the Postdoctoral Instructor at the University of Chicago's Center for Contemporary Composition.

July 27
Kristine Thompson writes an article about The Music She Writes, an initiative I started with pianist Eunmi Ko earlier in 2022. Read here.

June 22-August 15
Ania attends the Tanglewood Music Center as a composer fellow.

EVENTS


UPCOMING


2023

All event times are in the local timezone.

March 24, 7:30PM
Premiere of khuoh-tsuh for soprano, percussion, and two dancers, with choreography by Noelle Kayser. Performance by Kristina Bachrach and John Corkill, the Logan Center Penthouse at The University of Chicago, IL.

March 3, 7:30PM
Premiere of a new piece commissioned by the Grossman Ensemble, conducted by David Fulmer at the Logan Center Performance Hall, The University of Chicago, IL.

February 26, 7:30PM
Performance of A Lullaby for a Sleepless Boy by Emma Carleton at Sudler Recital Hall, Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT.

February 17, 7:30PM
Performance of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S. Bach by Michelle Kim-Painter and Eduard Teregulov at The Dance Project in Tampa, FL.

February 3, 4:30PM
Performance of t(h)rills by Eduard Teregulov at CHIMEFest at the Logan Center Penthouse at The University of Chicago, IL. Find details here.


PAST


January 10, 7:30PM
Premiere of Scene 1: Odessa’s House from the opera Through the Doors by Emily Mwila, Phillip Bullock, Aaren Rivard, and Mila Henry at the Great Room, American Opera Project in Brooklyn, NY. Find details here.

January 8, 7:30PM
Premiere of Scene 1: Odessa’s House from the opera Through the Doors by Emily Mwila, Phillip Bullock, Aaren Rivard, and Mila Henry at Opera America in NYC. Find details here.

2022

December 11, 5:30PM
Performance of hushed, muted by Peter Grubisich at his DMA recital in Voxman Music Building Recital Hall, Iowa University, IA.

November 2, 7:30PM
Paulina Swierczek and Ania Vu perform Le ciel est par-dessus le toit and songs by Chopin and Kilar at the Polish Consulate in NYC.

October 10, 3:30PM
Performance of hushed, muted by the Iowa Percussion students, University of Iowa, IA.

October 23, 3:30PM
Performance of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S. Bach by Rachel Reese and Eduard Teregulov in Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA.

MUSIC


In progress

Through the Doors - an opera for chamber ensemble, multimedia, and electronics


2021

hushed, muted for Percussion Quartet

adrift for solo Vibraphone

2+ for Percussion, Piano and fixed media

t(h)rills for solo Viola/solo Cello and electronics


2020

Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S.Bach for Violin and Cello

Sept Vignettes for solo Double Bass


2019

I yearn, therefore I am for String Quartet

String Quartet no. 2

Tik-Tak for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Percussion

Dragonfliesfor Saxophone Quartet


2018

Gra dźwięków, gra słów (Soundplay, wordplay) for Female Voice, Percussion, and Piano

Five in One for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

Against Time for solo Piano


2017


Symphonic Suite for Orchestra

Fantasia for Orchestra


2016

String Quartet no. 1, four movements

2015

Dark Whims for Piano, arranged for Wind Ensemble

Mrs. and Mr. Potato Headsfor Flute and Bassoon

Espace for solo Piano


2014

Paroles du Chagrin for Soprano and Piano

Dark Whims for solo Piano


Earliest Works

Piano Variations [2012]

Somewhere over the Clouds for Saxophone Soprano and Piano [2012]

PIANO


Ania is also an actively performing pianist in the standard and contemporary repertoire, having received several national and international piano competition awards. She has premiered and performed her works and those of her colleagues—most recently, she was invited by the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania to present an evening-length concert of her compositions. She has also been invited by Illuminate Women's Music (UK) to give a recital of her solo piano works and several times by the University of Rochester's Skalny Center to perform a recital of music by Polish composers alongside Paulina Swierczek. Ania counts Vincent Lenti, Irina Rumiancewa-Dabrowski, and her mother Hong Anh Dang as her principal teachers. She has also taken lessons and masterclasses with Amy Yang, Douglas Humpherys, Dang Thai Son, Wojciech Świtała, Thomas Rosenkranz, Andrzej Jasiński, Philippe Giusiano, and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń.

Ania draws great satisfaction from being a music educator, teaching piano and music theory. She maintains a piano studio of students of all ages and various skill levels. At the University of Pennsylvania, she has taught an introductory course to music theory and musicianship, and an intermediate-level ear training and keyboard skills lab. In June 2015, she participated in a program where selected musicians traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa to perform and teach high school students.

Ania Vu - Recital of her piano works
[YouTube]

Songs of Identity with soprano Paulina Swierczek
[YouTube]

Grażyna Bacewicz - Toccata from Sonata no. 2
[YouTube]

J. S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F Major, Book II
[YouTube]

A. Skriabin - Sonata no. 2, mov I
[YouTube]

Justin Jaramillo - ex cathedra
[SoundCloud]

Justin Jaramillo - Proud Maisie
[SoundCloud]

Flannery Cunningham - Groundwater
[YouTube]

CONTACT

For more information or inquiries about scores, commissions, performances, or taking lessons in composition, piano, music theory/aural skills, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at ania.vu94@gmail.com.