Ning Mu

Violin/ Viola

Ning Mu studied violin with his father at 8. His academic training started at the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing in 1978. Subsequently, he graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing with a Bachelor’s degree in 1986. Then he pursued advanced study with Michael Tree at Rutgers University and received a Master’s degree of music. From 2003-2011, he was a full time Violin and Viola faculty at Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster. He was also the Conductor of its Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009-2011. In addition, he was a former adjunct viola professor at Franklin and Marshall College.

Mu is the founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival and School in Colombia, South America in 1995- 2001. In 2011 he gave Master classes and chamber music recitals at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, as well as Master classes at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He also taught at Music Naturally Summer Festival in Lancaster in 2003-2011.

Mu is experienced as a performer of solo, orchestra, and chamber music, and has received numerous awards for excellence in interpretation in China and in United States. He has played numerous chamber music recitals in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall including performance with Arnold Steinhardt of Guarneri String Quartet. Most recently, he has given a highly acclaimed performance of the Concerto "the Butterfly Lovers" at Ware Center in Lancaster.

Many of Mu's students are prize winners and have played in all state orchestra and national orchestra. His former student Kevin Chen (a student at Julliard) had a solo with World Civic Orchestra on June 9th at Alice Tully Hall. His current student Ally Kim just made PYAO in June.