Chou Wen-chung

In the studio with Composer Chou Wen-chung

Program Notes

Chou Wen-chung

I am influenced by the philosophy that governs every Chinese artist, whether he be poet or painter, namely,...

Chou Wen-chung

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8pm

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      Chou Wen-chung has played a vital role in the confluence of Eastern and Western musical traditions. Born in Yantai, Chou moved to New York to study at Columbia, where he later joined the faculty himself, mentoring important next-generation Chinese composers such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Zhou Long. He was a lifelong protégé of Edgard Varèse. This Portrait spans from the “frenzied explosions of percussion madness” (New York Times) of Echoes from the Gorge to a string quartet commissioned in response to Bach’s Art of Fugue.


  • Ode to Eternal Pine (2009)
  • String Quartet No. 2, “Streams(2003)
  • Echoes from the Gorge (1989)

Additional Information

This concert is presented with the support of Columbia University Department of Music; Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music; Dean of Humanities; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Center for Ethnomusicology