Born in Poland, Ania Vu (née Vu Dang Minh Anh) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in composition as a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her music explores varied notions of time, musical energy related to form, and wordplay in vocal music using her own Polish texts. Ania’s current mentors include Marcos Balter, James Primosch and Anna Weesner, and she has studied with Amy Williams, Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Oliver Schneller, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and David Liptak. In 2017, she received her B.M. in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music.
Ania is a recipient of an Honorable Mention and a two-time finalist of the ASCAP Morton Gould Competition Young Composers Awards. She was in the 2019 Kaleidoscope Call for Scores Finalist, and received the Belle Gitleman, Bernard Rodgers, and Louis Lane awards while at Eastman. Performers of her music include the Mivos quartet, TAK ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Daedalus Quartet and Iridium Saxophone Quartet. She has participated in several festivals, including the Valencia International Performance Academy, Red Note Festival New Music Workshop, SoundSCAPE, and the Women in Music festival. She was recently commissioned by the Daedalus Quartet to write a piece for their "Music and Migration" concert series in 2019-20.
Aside from being a composer, Ania is an active pianist and educator. She performs solo and chamber music, standard and contemporary repertoire, and works of her own and of her colleagues. Her piano teachers include Amy Yang, Vincent Lenti, Irina Rumiancewa-Dabrowski, and her mother Hong Anh Dang. She has taken lessons and masterclasses with artists such as Dang Thai Son, Wojciech Świtała, Thomas Rosenkranz, and Andrzej Jasiński. As a pianist, she has won several awards in national and international competitions in Europe, and has performed in the United States, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Vietnam, and Poland.
Ania draws great satisfaction from being a music educator, teaching piano and music theory. She maintains a piano studio of students of all ages and various skill levels. At the University of Pennsylvania, she has taught an introductory course to music theory and musicianship, and an ear training and keyboard skills lab. In June 2015, she traveled with several other musicians to Zimbabwe and South Africa to perform and teach piano.