“Jest” wins Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition

I am very excited to announce that “Jest” for orchestra has won the Grand Prize in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual competition for young Canadian composers!  In addition to a cash prize of $2000, the piece will be performed in a concert on their subscription series on March 23, 2018, conducted by Oliver Balaburski.  Looking forward to working with the orchestra this coming year!

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2018 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Composers Institute & Philip Glass

In January 2018, I will be returning to Winnipeg once more to work with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of my piece, “Black Waltz“.  The piece was selected for their 2nd annual composers’ institute, featuring 6 emerging orchestral composers from across Canada!  It is an honor to work with the WSO once again, and I am very excited to be part of this particular year’s new music festival because Philip Glass will be there as well! :0 Synonymous with minimalism in music, I never thought I’d meet him in person!  Looking forward to finally meeting this living legend of music!!

Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra Premieres “Radiant Light” for Sheng and Orchestra

My commissioned piece “Radiant Light” for sheng and orchestra received a successful premiere with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra on Nov 12, at the Shanghai Symphony Hall.  The piece was commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for their “Listening to China” project, in which emerging composers from China and around the world were invited to write pieces using traditional Chinese melodies and instruments.  Being my first time writing for the Sheng, I was very fortunate to work with soloist Hua Yifei who took my work in stride and gave an extremely committed performance with the orchestra.

It was an amazing cultural and musical experience, being able to visit Shanghai to connect with musicians and composers from China!

For more information on the piece itself, visit this page on my website.

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Onstage with soloists and composers after the end of concert. At Shanghai Symphony Hall.