Chen Yi
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Composer Portraits: Chen Yi

“It melts into air and light, it’s like the space in Chinese paintings, it’s lled into the dancing...

Composer Portraits

Chen Yi

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Shaped by her experience coming of age during the Cultural Revolution, Chen Yi’s early influences included Chinese traditional music and Western classical music.  She is a master of contemporary technique and a strong advocate for music’s power to connect audiences of different cultural backgrounds. The spirited Curtis 20/21 Ensemble will take on Chen’s impressive chamber works, including the evocative Happy Rain on a Spring Night.



  • Shuo Chang (2013)
  • Three Bagatelles from China West (2006)
  • Happy Rain on a Spring Night (2004)
  • Qi (1997)
  • Sparkle (1992)
  • Near Distance (1988)

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.