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Du Yun

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Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, curator and activist for new music. Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, musical, storytelling, popular music, visual arts and noise. Known as “protean” and “chameleonic,” the National Public Radio voted her as one of 100 composers under 40 in 2011, The Washington Post listed her as one of top 35 female composers in classical music. In 2017, she won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, Angel’s Bone.

Hailed by The New York Times as a leading figure in China’s new generation of composers, Du Yun’s music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, ensembles, orchestras and organizations around the world. The New York Times says Du Yun as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice; ” “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC); “heralds a significant voice” (Financial Times) “…the strongest impression made yet” (by De Rode Leeuw, Amsterdam) and “…one senses the exceptional ear, exploration and the results are impeccably powerful” (by Le Devoir, Montréal); Musical America, ASCAP Playback Magazine, NPR, Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Radio Canada and others have featured her profile.

As an avid performer, she has appeared in many assorted holes and halls, across New York, nationally and abroad. Her onstage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge,” and “flamboyant” by the Chicago Tribune.

As a performance artist, solo engagements include the 2012 Guangzhou Art Triennial (China) at the Guangzhou Opera House, and the National Academy Museum (USA). Her ongoing collaborations of installation-performance-video with the Pakistani visual artist Shahzia Sikander have been on view at the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, the Tokyo Contemporary Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Pace Foundation (San Antonio), Hong Kong Art Fair 2012, the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirate), Auckland Art Triennial (New Zealand), Auckland Art Triennial (New Zealand), Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), and Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh). ArtForum writes the collaboration as “standout, sound utilized to its best effect.” Other pieces has seen at the Time Square Midnight Moments (Oct 2015), and a permanent collection work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Musical: Dim Sum Warriors

Opera: Zolle; Angel’s Bone

Du Yun’s debut studio pop album, Shark in You, has garnered critical acclaims. Her classical compositions can be heard on labels such as Shanghai Classical Music, ATMA Classique, Oxingale, New Focus, VIA, and Deutsche Grammophon for Hilary Hahn —  In 27: the Hilary Hahn Encores, which won a 2015 Grammy Award in the category of Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance.

An alumna of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College (BM), Harvard University (MA, PHD), Du Yun is currently on the composition faculty of Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, previously she has taught at SUNY-Purchase. Du Yun was the founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Since 2014, she is appointed as the Artistic Director of MATA Festival, a pioneering organization dedicated to commissioning and presenting young composers from around the world. In 2017, she launched a new initiative, Pan-Asia Sounding Festival, scheduled to open in New York, Hong Kong and London respectively in 2018.