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Du Yun


Hailed by The New York Times as a leading figure in China’s new generation of composers, Du Yun’s music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, ensembles, orchestras and organizations. Selected commissions include the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, American Composers Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer/Commissioning USA, Chamber Music America, and Shanghai Electronic Music Week.

As an avid performer, she has appeared in many assorted holes and halls, across New York, nationally and abroad. Her onstage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge,” and “flamboyant” by the Chicago Tribune.

As a performance artist, solo engagements include the 2012 Guangzhou Art Triennial (China) at the Guangzhou Opera House, and the National Academy Museum (USA). Her ongoing collaborations of installation-performance-video with the Pakistani visual artist Shahzia Sikander have been on view at the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, the Tokyo Contemporary Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Pace Foundation (San Antonio), Hong Kong Art Fair 2012, and Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh). ArtForum writes the collaboration as “standout, sound utilized to its best effect.”

Her classical compositions can be heard on labels such as Shanghai Classical Music, ATMA Classique, Oxingale, New Focus, and Deutsche Grammophon for Hilary Hahn — In 27: the Hilary Hahn Encores, which won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

An alumna of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College (BM), Harvard University (MA, PHD), Du Yun is currently on the faculty of SUNY-Purchase. Since 2014, she has been the Artistic Director of MATA Festival, a pioneering organization dedicated to commissioning and presenting young composers from around the world.