Lucia Hwong and her Pipa (a Chinese lute), January 2012. Photo by Marco Glaviano
Hwong was born in Hawaii and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her grandmother was a grande dame of Chinese opera and her mother is international actress Lisa Lu. Her first public performance was in concert, playing the pipa, an ancient Chinese lute, at the age of six. She studied ethnomusicology, theater and dance at UCLA and Columbia University from 1978 to 1982, graduating with a B.A., Cum Laude, in Ethnomusicology.
She has chaired philanthropic events for organizations including the Women's Project, American Theatre Wing, Asia Society and Parrish Art Museum and has been on committees such as Southampton Hospital.
Her music for theater includes the scores for the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly  and Tony-nominated Golden Child; as well as David Henry Hwang's New York Shakespeare Festival presentations of Sound and Beauty and The Dance and the Railroad and the Obie Award-winner FOB. She composed the music for Iago and Venus Voodoo at Lincoln Center.
Hwong also scored the Mark Taper and McCarter Theatre premieres of Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles 1992  and created a 12-tone fugue for Joyce Carol Oates' The Perfectionist. Among her dance scores, Fierce Attachments debuted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. She also scored Ali MacGraw's Yoga Mindbody and created music for the Guggenheim Museum's Soho video wall.
Her music for television and film include Hiroshima (NBC), Vietnam War Story (HBO), Forbidden Nights (Tiananmen Square massacre) (ABC), Paper Angels (Angel Island) (PBS), Jennifer's in Jail (girl gangs) (Lifetime), Lotus (women's emancipation in China) (AFI) , Who Killed Vincent Chin? (racial murder) (1998 Oscar nomination: Best Documentary) and Silverlake Life-the View from Here (AIDS), honored with Sundance Film Festival and Peabody awards.
Concert pieces include The Unwelcome and Rhythm of Your Pulse, commissioned and performed by the Women's Philharmonic.
Her two albums, House of Sleeping Beauties and Secret Luminescence were released on the Private Music label. The Goddess Trilogy CDs of new-age music were released on her own label, Goddess Music, and received a Visionary Award in 2000.The works of Lucia Hwong
|THEATER||1998||GOLDEN CHILD||Composer, Incidental Music||Broadway New York|
|1993||TWILIGHT:LOS ANGELES 1992||Composer, Arranger, Performer||McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ|
|1993||THE PERFECTIONIST||Composer, Arranger, Performer||McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ|
|1993||TWILIGHT:LOS ANGELES 1992||Composer, Arranger, Performer||The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Music Center|
|1993||SNAKE IN THE VEIN||Composer, Arranger, Performer||Blank Theatre Company, New York, NY|
|1993||THE PERFECTIONIST||Composer, Arranger, Performer||McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ|
|1992||THE BIG ONE SHOT||Composer, Performer||Naked Angels Theatre, New York, NY|
|1989||VENUS VOODOO||Composer, Arranger, Performer||Lincoln Center, New York, NY|
|1989||M. BUTTERFLY||Composer, Arranger||Westbury Theatre, London|
|1988||M. BUTTERFLY||Composer, arranger, On-Stage Music Director||O'Neill Theatre, Broadway New York|
|1983||SOUND AND BEAUTY||Composer, Arranger, Performer||New York Shakespeare Festival|
|1981||THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD||Composer, Music Director, Performer||New York Shakespeare Festival|
|1980||F.O.B.||Composer, Music Director, Performer||New York Shakespeare Festival|
|1980||IAGO||Composer, Played Desdemona||Mitzi Newhouse Theater - Lincoln Center (NY);|
|1979||IAGO||Composer, Played Desdemona||Inner City Cultural Center (LA)|
|FILM||2010||GIVING BACK||Music Score||Giving Back Foundation|
|1999||THE VENICE PROJECT||Musician|
|1993||SILVERLAKE LIFE:THE VIEW FROM HERE||Composer : Score||Sundance Film Festival|
|1988||LAWLESS LAND||Composer : Score||Roger Corman|
|1987||WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN||Composer : Score|
|1987||CHINA GIRL||Composer : Song||Vestron|
|1987||THE LAST EMPEROR||Actress: Featured Role Lady of the Book|
|1985||YEAR OF THE DRAGON||Composer : Title Music|
|1984||NOTHING LASTS FOREVER||Actress : Lunar Maiden|
|1982||HAMMETT||Musician : Pipa; Chinese music consultant to John Barry|
|TELEVISION||1993||THE WORLD OF LUCIA HWONG||Composer : Score||Time Warner Cable|
|1991||JENNIFER’S IN JAIL||Composer : Score||Lifetime|
|1990||HIROSHIMA: OUT OF THE ASHES||Composer : Score||NBC|
|1990||FORBIDDEN NIGHTS||Composer : Score||CBS|
|1989||VIETNAM WAR STORY : THE LAST DAYS||Composer : Score||HBO / The Last Soldier|
|1985||PAPER ANGELS||Composer : Score||PBS/AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE|
|CONCERTS||1996||DRUM SONG||Composer-Lyrics by George C. Wolfe||Boys Choir of Harlem|
|1991||THE UNWELCOME RHYTHM OF YOUR PULSE||Composer||Women’s Philharmonic San Francisco|
|1989||VENUS VOODOO||Creator, Composer, Performer||Lincoln Center|
|DANCE & MULTI MEDIA||1995||AKASHIC WEEKEND||Pipa performer||Event of Ira Cohen|
|1994||ALI MACGRAW YOGA MIND & BODY||Composer : Score||M32 Music Co.|
|1987||FIERCE ATTACHMENTS||Composer : Score||BAM/Next Wave Festival|
|RECORDING||1999||GODDESS MYSTICAL VISIONS Vol.3||Composer, arranger, performer||M32 Music Co.|
|1998||GODDESS CELESTIAL REALMS VISIONS Vol.2||Composer, arranger, performer||M32 Music Co.|
|1998||GODDESS AWAKENING VISIONS Vol.1||Composer, arranger, performer||M32 Music Co.|
|1994||NEUROTRANSMITTER BATH||Composer||M32 Music Co.|
|1987||SECRET LUMINESCENCE||Composer, arranger, performer||Produced by Kurt Munkacsi|
|1987||NEO GEO||Pipa performer||Album of Ryuichi Sakamoto|
|1984||HOUSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTIES||Composer, arranger, performer||Private Music|
Awards and recognition
In 1978, Hwong received a Citation of Outstanding Contribution by the Board of Public Works of the City of Los Angeles. Time magazine (September 1986) and The New York Times (May 1986) included her in a list of America's exceptional new composers; and in 1993, she received the first Asian American Arts award from the Asian American Arts Alliance as Artist of the Year.
Composer Philip Glass wrote, "a young generation of composers has begun to appear. And the thing which distinguishes them...is that they represent...dual tradition...perhaps really for the first time, or something new. Not a borrowing from one tradition or incorporating the sounds of another, but a real blending of Eastern and Western music. Lucia Hwong is such a composer."
Hwong is on the Board of The Women's Project and was honored at its Women of Achievement Awards on March 2, 2009. Mayor Bloomberg declared the day "Women's Project Day" by Proclamation. Lucia has chaired the 21st, 22nd and 23rd Women's Project Galas.
Hwong is married to businessman Peter Gordon. They reside on the Upper East Side in New York City with their two children Sabrina and Sofia Gordon
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