Lu Liang-hui

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Born1940 (age 83–84)

Lu Liang-hui (Chinese: 盧亮輝; born 1940)[1] is a composer, descent of Yongding, Fujian Province, China. Born and raised in Indonesia, furthered his education in China, he worked in Hong Kong and settled in Taiwan.[2][3] Frequent nominee at Golden Melody Awards, Lu won numerous Golden Bells and Golden Melody awards, and composed many large-scale Chinese Music compositions including the Pentatonic Scale: Gong, Shang, Jue, Zhi, Yu; Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter; Ultraspeed Overture, etc. His collection of works has been widely distributed amongst the populace on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and Southeast Asia. After graduating from Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, Lu relocated to Hong Kong in the late 1970s working full-time as a musician with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra from 1977 to 1986. Lu migrated to Taiwan in 1986, held various designations including deputy section chief and associate conductor of Taipei Chinese Orchestra; assistant professor at Chinese Culture University. Composed significantly large amount of large scale traditional Chinese music pieces for Taipei Chinese Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, Kaohsiung Chinese Orchestra, and other professional orchestras.[2]


Graduated from Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 1964 under the tutelage of Professor Zhang Yun-qing, Xu Yong-san, and Liao Sheng-jing, etc., Lu relocated to Hong Kong in 1973, becoming a full-time member of Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Orchestra (HKTCO) in 1977, and beginning to compose for traditional Chinese orchestra, including a few large-scale compositions for HKTCO. In 1986, Lu moved to Taiwan, where he was the deputy section chief and associate conductor of Taipei Chinese Orchestra, and was also the assistant professor for the Department of Chinese Music at Chinese Culture University. He has composed several large-scale Chinese music works for Taipei Chinese Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan and Kaohsiung Chinese Orchestra.[4] Deeply loved by the audience, Lu’s works are frequently selected as the competition repertoire for National Student Competition of Music.[3]

Creative Concepts

Lu’s work has always been about “relationships”, such as “kinship”, “love” and “friendship”. Music composed with the theme of kinship like Childhood Memory tells the story of time spent with family while growing up as a kid in Indonesia. The music utilizes a lot of doubling to express the innocence and liveliness of children. On the theme of love, Love of Xizi Bay, he even went to Xizi Bay to observe the couples at Xizi Bay, incorporating the passionate embrace of lovers into the music. For friendship, like Three Variations of Farewell at Yangguan Pass was composed during his time in Hong Kong, expressing the feelings between friends and drawn from a classic piece.

Lu is a strong believer that the power of music derives from how close it resonates with people. During his time in Hong Kong, Lu became fond of jazz music as well as romantic love songs, like Still Here of Faye Wong, Later of Rene Liu, The Bold And The Beautiful of Lily Lee etc., and he felt inspired and gained insight in his continual pursuit of music.

Lu categorizes his music career into three major stages, from the academic phase in the beginning which progressed into his folk phase, and finally entering a self-breakthrough phase. Lu continues to challenge and expand his creativity through his composition, becoming more diverse and multi-faceted, yet remaining grounded in the music identity associated with traditional Chinese opera. In his recent commissioned works, Lu incorporates many elements from traditional Chinese opera. Notable example would be the sheng concerto Spreading Joy with Sheng, premiered in June 2019 by National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, utilizing large amount of Hakka folk-music as base material. Organ Concerto uses the qupai of Peking opera as well as the arias of Taiwanese opera.[3]

Notable works

Chinese instrumental Cycle

  • Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter (春夏秋冬)
  • Pentatonic Scale: Gong, Shang, Jue, Zhi, Yu (宮商角徵羽)
  • Emotions: Joy, Anger, Sorrow, Happy (喜怒哀樂)

Chinese instrumental Ensemble

  • Wine Song (酒歌)
  • The Lantern Festival (鬧花燈)
  • Jasmine in June (六月茉莉)
  • Little Town (小鎮)
  • Valley of Evergreen (翠谷長春)
  • Childhood Memory (童年的回憶)
  • Ritual Dance (祭樂歡舞)
  • Festive Dance (節慶歡舞)
  • Birthday Celebration (生日慶典)
  • Beijing Rhapsody (京韻隨想曲)
  • Ultraspeed Overture《勁飆序曲》
  • Countryside Dance (山鄉歡舞)
  • The Spark of Life (生命之火)
  • Chiayi Suite 1: Temple Music Eulogy (諸羅組曲I:廟音傳頌)
  • Chiayi Suite 3: Tea Garden Dance (諸羅組曲III:茶園歡舞)
  • Chiayi Suite 4: Praises the Earth (諸羅組曲IV:大地讚歌)
  • Joyful Tea Picking (採茶樂陶陶)
  • Duma Fluttering (都馬快蝶)

Chinese instrumental Concerto

  • Soprano Sheng Concerto, The spring of Eluanbi (鵝鑾鼻之春)
  • Erhu Concerto, Sad story of Lady Yang (貴妃情)
  • Dizi Concerto, Joy (喜)
  • Pipa Concerto, Anger (怒)
  • Xun Concerto, Sorrow (哀)
  • Suona Concerto, Happiness (樂)
  • Erhu Concerto, Dance Rhyme in the Style of Xinjiang (疆風舞韻)
  • Gaohu Concerto, Dance Rhyme in the Style of Xinjiang (疆風舞韻)
  • Erhu Concerto, Beautiful Mount Chai (柴山攬秀)
  • Erhu & Yangqin Double Concerto, Raining at Longtan (龍潭望雨)
  • Kaohsiung Pentalogy (高雄五部曲)
    1. Piano & Chinese Orchestra Concerto, Love River (愛河)
    2. Trumpet & Chinese Orchestra Concerto, Turbulence of Kaohsiung Port (高港風雲)
    3. Violin & Chinese Orchestra Concerto, Love of Xizi Bay (西子灣之戀)
    4. Flute & Chinese Orchestra Concerto, Lotus Pond Landscape (蓮潭風光)
    5. Cello& Chinese Orchestra Concerto, Chengcing Lake in Moonlight (澄湖夜月)
  • Sheng Concerto, Chiayi Suite 2: Romance in the Fishing Harbor (諸羅組曲Ⅱ:漁港情緣)
  • Piano & Chinese Orchestra Concerto, Affection (情愫)

Composition, Orchestration

Peking opera

  • Mazu (媽祖)
  • The Annals of Great Generals (大將春秋)
  • Wang Shi Fong (王熙鳳大鬧寧國府)
  • Li Shi-Min and Wei Cheng (李世民與魏徵)
  • Three Persons and Two Lamps (三個人兒兩盞燈)
  • The Rouge of the North (金鎖記)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 1989 Golden Bell Award Finalists for scoring TV production Terracotta Dance
  • 1991 Golden Tripod Awards in 1991 for excellence in music album for his work New Jade Forest: Story for primary education.
  • 2012 Best Album Producer in Golden Melody Awards, Lu Liang-hui Collection


  1. "臺灣國樂團《藝號人物—盧亮輝》音樂會".
  2. 2.0 2.1 廖詩昀 (2018). "樂如春風·樂寫臺灣 作曲家盧亮輝". 新絲路. 臺北市立國樂團 (62): 14-15. Archived from the original on 2020-08-25. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 明, 瑩 (April 2019). "每個國樂人心中都有一首 盧亮輝". 傳藝Online. 國立傳統藝術中心 (第123期).
  4. "國藝會作曲專題 盧亮輝". 財團法人國家文化藝術基金會.

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