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Adrian Wong

Ann Arbor, MI   

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Adrian Wong (b.1999) strives to create music that is engaging to perform and listen to. His works have been performed at the Midwest Composers Symposium, Brevard Music Center, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Radio Television Hong Kong, Tokyo Daiichi Seimei Hall, and other esteemed venues and concerts. He has an affinity for writing pieces for unaccompanied SATB chorus, and his instrumental works showcase his love of shimmering harmonies and driving rhythms, creating works that possess great charm. Adrian has been commissioned by notable ensembles and musicians, including the award-winning Diocesan Boys’ School and Diocesan Girls’ School Senior Mixed Choir, the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, and the Aurora Winds. He also won first prize in the Hong Kong New Generation 2019 Composition Competition.

Adrian is currently pursuing a B.M. in music composition at the University of Michigan, studying under Bright Sheng, having also studied with Kristin Kuster. He has also studied under Robert Aldridge, David Dzubay, and Ng Wah-hei. Adrian is also studying piano under Matthew Bengtson and conducting under Mark Stover, with previous teachers including Julie Skadsem and Felix Shuen.

赤壁 – War of the Red Cliff

赤壁 – War of the Red Cliff (2018, rev. 2019) is sung from the perspective of the renowned general Cao Cao, whose ultimate downfall in this battle marked the failure of his last chance to conquer the whole of China. This piece not only captures the sounds and atmosphere of the battle but also, more importantly, Cao Cao’s reminiscence and hopelessness as it dawns on him that he has forgone his best opportunity to achieve his life goal – a haunting prospect that was the prime motivation in the writing of this piece.

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