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Contemporary Chinese and American Chamber Music

  • Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Ding Xiang Road Shanghai (map)

This event is organized by the Organizing Committee of Shanghai Spring International Music Festival.

Ancient Flavors, Green Resonances

Contemporary Chinese and American Chamber Music
This is part of the 32nd Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. Three Harvard alumni's chamber music works will be premiered in Shanghai. To download the event poster, click here

Date        Thursday 7 May 2015 | 19.45

Venue     Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Performance Hall
                   425 Ding Xiang Road, Pudong

Cost        RMB 80/120
                  Tickets available at box office of  Shanghai Oriental Art Center
                   or  online at 


About the Composers

Lei Liang  Heralded as “one of the most exciting voices in New Music” (The Wire), Lei Liang (b.1972) is a Chinese-born American composer whose works have been described as “hauntingly beautiful and sonically colorful” by The New York Times, and as “far, far out of the ordinary, brilliantly original and inarguably gorgeous” by The Washington Post. Winner of the 2011 Rome Prize, Lei Liang is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Aaron Copland Award. He was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert for the inaugural concert of the CONTACT! new music series. Other commissions and performances come from Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Heidelberger Philharmonisches Orchester, Thailand Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, the Fromm Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Manhattan Sinfonietta, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, the Arditti Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, New York New Music Ensemble and Boston Musica Viva. Lei Liang studied composition with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Robert Cogan, Chaya Czernowin, and Mario Davidovsky, and received degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (BM and MM) and Harvard University (PhD). A Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he held fellowships from Harvard Society of Fellows and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships. Lei Liang currently serves as Professor of Music and Chair of Composition at the University of California, San Diego. 

Richard Beaudoin is an American composer born in 1975. He holds a PhD from Brandeis University, a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music London, and a Bachelor's degree from Amherst College. His is known for developing a compositional technique involving the transcription of precise timing measurements of recorded performances. He has received opera commissions from the Staatstheater Kassel in Germany and the Boston Lyric Opera in America. He has composed instrumental works for Mark Knoop, Marilyn Nonken, Carl Rosman, Serge Vuille, the Kreutzer String Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet and Sound Icon. He was commissioned by the President of Harvard University to compose a work for the 375th commencement ceremony, setting a poem by the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

Yan Zheng is an associate professor of music at East China Normal University where she teaches primarily music theory. She received Ph.D. from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music supervised by Professor Daqun Jia. Ms. Zheng is also a Harvard alumnus and has studied music theory and composition with Professor Christopher Hasty. Her current research interests focus on the co-relations between music analysis and composition, performance. Her works focus on intermingling Chinese ancient poetry and contemporary compositional techniques staged at Harvard University, The 31st Shanghai Spring International Festival, etc. Also, she devotes to interdisciplinary research on music theory and philosophy. Her works include Say Goodbye to Cambridge Again (for trumpet and piano), Jade Lotus (for violin and piano) and so on. Yan Zheng was named a Guest Artist by Harvard University Pforzheimer House in 2013.