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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, and he aims to create an emotional connection with his audience through imagery, drama, and unapologetic conviction. Adrian’s music takes inspiration from a wide array of subjects, ranging from the natural world, intersections of Chinese and Western culture, to the personal, day-to-day occurrences in life. His pieces have been performed at the Brevard Music Center, Midwest Composers Symposium, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, University of North Texas, Bard College, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Radio Television Hong Kong, Ko Shan Theatre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tokyo Daiichi Seimei Hall, Kobe Bunka Hall and other esteemed venues and concerts. Adrian has also been commissioned by notable ensembles and musicians, including the award-winning Diocesan Boys’ School and Diocesan Girls’ School Senior Mixed Choir, the Diocesan Choral Society, the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, and the Aurora Winds. Adrian was selected to participate in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme, and he also won first prize in the Hong Kong New Generation 2019 Composition Competition, held by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild.

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