The Chinese conductor Yu Lu was born in Ningbo, China in 1989, and following studies on the piano and violin, began to study conducting under the guidance of renowned conductor Yu Feng. At the age of fourteen, in recognition of his talent and potential, he was admitted to a specially-established conducting course at the affiliated middle school of the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, becoming the first student on the course, and thereby the youngest official conducting student in China.
In 2007, he made his public debut conducting the Chinese Teenage Symphony Orchestra in Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3, and having received the top score in the entrance examination, was enrolled at the China Central Conservatory, from where he graduated in 2010, and where he continues to study as a Masters student.
Yu Lu is currently working as a regular assistant to Seiji Ozawa, having been chosen personally by Maestro Ozawa at the age of nineteen from a selection of students of the Conservatory. Subsequently he has conducted the Seiji Ozawa Academy Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, in works including Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Ravel's 'Ma Mere l'Oye', and a complete staged performance of 'Madama Butterfly', and in August 2013 he returns to Japan to work with the Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Orchestra at the Saito Kinen Festival.
Yu Lu has performed in South Korea with his own chamber orchestra, assisted Sir Roger Norrington on performances with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, and undertaken masterclasses with Yuri Temirkanov and Myung-Whun Chung, and in 2012 was selected as one of three candidates for a public masterclass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, making his European debut conducting Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2013 he was selected as one of the three finalists in the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, conducting the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg in works by Mozart, Schubert and Jonathan Harvey.