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 is also a Composer Fellow at 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

April 6
Press: Dân Trí: Nghệ sĩ dương cầm 28 tuổi gốc Việt giành học bổng sau Tiến sĩ của Mỹ. Read here.

April 1, 7PM
Launch of concert series "The Music She Writes: a Celebration of Asian female composers", organized and curated by me and pianist Eunmi Ko. The virtual concerts feature 25 works across four concerts happening every other Friday, broadcast on the Eastman School of Music's YouTube channel.

April 1
Penn Today: Composing an interplay between music and languages by Louisa Shepard. Read here.

March 15
I will be appointed as the 2022-23 Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago's Center for Contemporary Composition.

January 5
Broadway World: Sparks & Wiry Cries to Present All-Virtual, Free 2022 SongSLAM Festival. Read here.

EVENTS


UPCOMING


All event times are in the Eastern Timezone.

2022

August 13, 11AM
Premieres of three Pieces-a-Day projects by Tanglewood fellows and Fromm players, Tanglewood, Studio E. Find details here.

August 7, 8PM
Silent Film Music by TMC composer fellows, Tanglewood, Studio E. Find details here.

July 31, 10AM
Performance of 2+ by Corey Silberstein and Tanner Tanyeri at Tanglewood, Ozawa Hall. Find details here.

July 10, 6PM Central European Time
Performance of Against Time by Eunmi Ko at the "En Blanc et Noir" Lagrasse Piano festival in Lagrasse, France.

June 22-August 15
Ania attends Tanglewood as a Composer Fellow.


PAST


June 24, 7:30PM Central European Time
Performance of Tik-Tak by Sylwia Kapela, Barbara Głogowska, Jan Styczyński, Yona Hemery, and Yarosław Nastiuk at Sylwia Kapela's Master's Degree Recital, the Music Academy of Wrocław, Sala Teatralna.

June 5, 7PM
Premiere of Strange Birds by Mary Mackenzie, Deirdre Viau, David Dziardziel, Arjun Mudan, Stephen Mortarotti, Matt Sharrock, conducted by John Masko. The piece was commissioned by the Boston New Music Initiative, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Lexington, MA.

June 4, 8PM
Premiere of Strange Birds by Mary Mackenzie, Deirdre Viau, David Dziardziel, Arjun Mudan, Stephen Mortarotti, Matt Sharrock and conducted by John Masko. The piece was commissioned by the Boston New Music Initiative, University Lutheran, Cambridge, MA.

May 22, 7PM Central European Time
Performance of Tik-Tak by Sylwia Kapela, Barbara Głogowska, Jan Styczyński, Yona Hemery, Yarosław Nastiuk at the "American New Music Concert" in the Music Academy of Wrocław, Sala Teatralna.

May 21 & 22, 7:30PM
First Glimpse will feature my three songs Here, Alive (words by Jeesun Choi), In Front of a New York Hotel (words by Isabella Dawis), and Clocks and Metronomes (an excerpt from my in-progress opera Through the Doors to my own libretto). Performed by Max Potter, Aaren Rivard, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Mila Henry, and Kelly Horsted. The Great Room at South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY.

April 23, 4:30PM
Ania Vu and Paulina Swierczek are invited by the Skalny Center of Polish and Central European Studies to give a recital Chopin in Music and Letters. Asbury First Methodist Church, Rochester, NY.

April 15, 4:30PM
Performance of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S. Bach by Rachel Reese and Eduard Teregulov at Collins Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 2, 4PM
Performance of 2+ by members of Ensemble Dal Niente at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference at the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

March 30, 7:30
Performance of Dragonflies by the MANA Quartet at the Mason Gross School, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

March 27, 16:30 Central European Time
Performance of Dance Variations on a Theme by J.S. Bach by Hannah Kristina Lund and Karolina Le at the Reskissert Music Festival in Oslo, Norway.
Ania will also give a talk on "The Changing Landscape for Female Composers in the US". Event details here.

March 25, 6:15
Performance of Against Time by Ania Vu at the CAMRA Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Watch livestream here.

March 6
Virtual performance of 2+ by Ania Vu and Alyssa Resh at the Hot Air Music Festival 2022.

February 25, time TBD
Premiere of t(h)rills for solo cello and electronics by Eduard Teregulov at Barness Recital Hall, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

January 13, 7PM
Ania and soprano Paulina Swierczek present four songs at the songSLAM Festival 2022. Watch here.


MUSIC


In progress

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


2021

hushed, muted for Percussion Quartet

C-c-can you h-h[    ]r me now? for Clarinet and Piano

adrift for solo Vibraphone

Lost within Letters for Soprano, Alto Flute and Cello

2+ for Percussion, Piano and fixed media

t(h)rills for solo Viola/solo Cello


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

Raindrops for Fixed Media


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.