Maxwell Lu is a composer who studies music and computer science at Columbia University. At Columbia, Max is involved in the composition program, as well as serving as president of the Columbia Classical Performers and a composer on the production/composition team at Columbia Spectator's "The Ear."
Max has received guidance from composers Zosha Di Castri, Sean Shepherd, Annie Gosfield, and Yiming Wu. His honors include awards from the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, “Sounds of Children’s Rights” International Composition Contest, the American Prize, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, the Young Composer's Challenge, and the NextNotes Composition awards. He also was selected as an apprentice composer for Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra program.
In addition to his works in concert music, Max has also arranged various electronic and acoustic projects for small gigs and opportunities, and enjoys improvising on the piano.
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Under advisor and composer Wu Yiming, Max completed a yearlong study into music aesthetics and interpretations of music.
ASPIRE Internship, 2019-2020
At the John's Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Max worked on a project investigating software-defined radar and their applicability in UAV detection systems with mentor and engineer James Conroy.
Max is continuing his work at JHUAPL in a current technical internship.