Du Yun

Friday, February 27th, 2015 - 11:49 am


Born and raised in Shanghai, China, and currently based in New York, Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist, working at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, pop music, oral tradition, visual arts and noise. Described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge,” and “flamboyant” by the Chicago Tribune, she is currently on the composition faculty at SUNY-Purchase. Du Yun’s music, called “riveting” by The Financial Times, can be heard on the New Focus, Oxingale and Deutsche Grammophon labels. An alumna of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Oberlin Conservatory (BM); and Harvard University (PhD), her principle composition teachers include Deng Erbo, Randolph Coleman, Joshua Fineberg, Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky.

Selected commissions: Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Whitney Museum, Berkeley Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), San Francisco Chamber Players, Festivals für Neue Musik & aktuelle Kultur (Switzerland), violinist Hilary Hahn, flutist Claire Chase.

Selected performing groups and venues: Festival d’Avignon, Ultima Norway, Darmstadt, Musica Nova Helsinki, Salle Playel Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, RedCat, Kimmel Center, Shanghai Symphony, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Philharmonie Luxembourg, BAM NextWave, Centro Nacional De la Música (Argentina), the Camerata Aberta of Brazil, Aspekte Salzburg.

In art: 4th Guangzhou Art Triennial; collaborations with Shahzia Sikander: Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates), Auckland Triennial (New Zealand), 13th Istanbul Biennial, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Dhaka Art Summit – Bangladesh.