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Long Zhou

Kansas City, MO   

The Pulitzer Prize winning composer Zhou Long was born in Beijing in 1953, and began piano lessons at an early age. During the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to a rural state farm. He resumed his musical training in 1973, studying composition, music theory, and conducting, as well as Chinese traditional music. In 1977, he enrolled in the first composition class at the reopened Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Following graduation in 1983, he was appointed composer-in-residence with the China National Broadcasting Symphony. Zhou Long travelled to the United States in 1985 under a fellowship to attend Columbia University, where he studied with Chou Wen-Chung, Mario Davidovsky, and George Edwards, receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1993. Zhou Long is currently Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Besides wining the 95th Pulitzer Prize for his first opera, Madame White Snake in 2011, Zhou Long has also received numerous awards, including the 2012-2013 Elise L. Stoeger Prize from Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society; Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Masterprize and the CalArts/Alpert Award, and winning the Barlow International Competition, with a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been two-time recipient of commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He has received fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, in addition to recording grants from the Cary Trust and the Copland Fund for Music. Among the ensembles commissioning works from him are the Bavarian Radio, BBC, Kansas City, Honolulu, Pacific, Singapore and Beijing Symphonies; the Brooklyn, Tokyo, China Philharmonics, the New Music Consort, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Kronos, Shanghai, Ciompi, and Chester string quartets, Ensemble Modern-Frankfurt, the Post-Classical Ensemble, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, the Chanticleer, Opera Boston, Beijing Music Festival, and musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Lan Shui, Long Yu, Tan Lihua and Leonard Slatkin. Zhou Long recently working on a quartet co-commissioned by the Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, a piano concerto co-commissioned by the BBC Proms and Singapore Symphony to be premiered in 2014. Zhou’s music of all genres has been widely performed and recorded on Warner, Naxos, BIS, EMI, CRI, Teldec (1999 Grammy Award), Cala, Delos, Sony, Avant, Telarc and China Record. Zhou Long is published by the Oxford University Press.

Zhou Long: The Rhyme of Taigu

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, 19 October 2010

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Zhou Long ─ Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets

from Poems from Tang, movement IV based on the poet Du Fu’s (712-770) Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets. Performed by The Silk Road Ensemble and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Produced by David Frost; Recording Engineer: Christopher Willis
Mix Engineer: Richard King; Mastering Engineer: Richard King
Recorded live April 20, 2007 at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago Illinois www.silkroadproject.org www. yo-yoma.com

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