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Qigang Chen

 b. 1951Qigang Chen


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Qigang Chen is a leading Chinese composer, who shares his working life between Beijing and Paris * works show marked influence of traditional Chinese folk music, blended into idiomatic orchestral writing in an entirely organic way * exquisite orchestral textures and dramatic gestures, best represented in the celebrated work Iris dévoilée *  particular affinity with writing for the voice; has worked with vocalists from various traditions * music for the ballet Raise the Red Lantern, directed by the auteur Zhang Yi-Mou and toured internationally by the National Ballet of China * Director of Music for Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony  * major interpreters include Yo-Yo Ma, Edo de Waart, Roger Norrington, Long Yu

Works by Qigang Chen include
Er Huang (2009) for piano and orchestra
Joie Eternelle (2014) for trumpet and orchestra
Luan Tan (2014-15) for orchestra

Looking ahead: premiere recording of Er Huang on Naxos (Apr); further performances of new orchestral work Luan Tan by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (26 May) and Radio France; German premiere of Joie Eternelle by Alison Balsom in Munich (19 Jun); plans for a second ballet

"His compositions display real inventiveness, very great talent and a total assimilation of Chinese thinking to European musical concepts." — Olivier Messiaen


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