Zhou TianDetroit, MI
Grammy-nominated Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian (JOH TEE-en; Zhou is his last name) seeks inspiration from different cultures and strives to mix them seamlessly into a musically satisfying combination for performers and audience alike. His music — described as “absolutely beautiful,” “utterly satisfying” (Fanfare), and “a prime example of 21st-century global multiculturalism” (Broad Street Review) — has been performed by leading orchestras and performers in the United States and abroad, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and pianist Yuja Wang. His Concerto for Orchestra—commissioned and recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony and Music Director Louis Langrée—earned him a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Born in 1981, Zhou came of age in a new China marked by economic reforms, and was in the United States by his 20th birthday. Trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School and University of Southern California, he studied with Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Rouse and Stephen Hartke. He is associate professor of composition at Michigan State University College of Music. Visit ZhouTianMusic.com for more.