Ania Vu, Fourth Year Graduate Student in Composition is Fourth-Prize Winner of the Megalopolis Sax Orchestra Call for Scores

September 16, 2020

Meet the fourth-prize winner of the Megalopolis Sax Orchestra Call for Scores, Ania Vu!

Polish of Vietnamese descent composer and pianist, Ania Vu (née Vu Dang Minh Anh) is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the University of Pennsylvania. Her music explores varied notions of time, musical energy related to form, and the interplay between linguistic sound properties and semantics. Her recent teachers include Marcos Balter, Amy Williams, Anna Weesner, and James Primosch. In 2017, she received her B.M. in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music.

This year, she was invited to attend Tanglewood as a Composer Fellow (and re-invited in-person for 2021), and two of her pieces have been selected to be on Petrichor Records “New Music by Living Composers”. Her music has been performed by the Daedalus and Mivos quartets, TAK ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Iridium Saxophone Quartet. Upcoming events include a residency at I-Park Foundation, a collaboration with Sō Percussion, and several solo writing projects.

As a pianist, she performs solo and chamber, standard and contemporary repertoire, and works of her own and her colleagues. She has won several awards in national and international competitions in Europe, and has performed in Hungary, Spain, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Vietnam, the US, and Poland.