This coming November, I will be travelling to Shanghai to unveil a new concerto for Sheng (Chinese reed organ) that has been commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. The commission is part of the 3rd annual “Listening to China” project spearheaded by the Shanghai Conservatory Composition department, through which they invite four international and four locally-based composers to compose new works that incorporate traditional Chinese folk songs. I am extremely honored to be selected, and am especially excited to be working with Chinese folk elements in this new piece!
I look forward to updating everyone with more details of the piece as I get further in the composition process. The premiere will take place on November 12th, 2017, at the venerable Shanghai Symphony Hall.
About the Shanghai Philharmonic:
The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a highly regarded symphony orchestra that developed from Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. It is one of the top five orchestras in China, among over a hundred orchestras. The SPO has collaborated with renowned musicians like Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Yo-yo Ma, Támás Vásáry and Boris Berman among others.