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Qigang Chen

Qigang Chen
b. 1951

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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: new work for China NCPA Orchestra in Beijing (18 Oct), with further performances at Carnegie Hall and Philharmonie Zuidnederland; premiere at Beijing Music Festival of La joie de la souffrance with Maxim Vengerov as soloist (29 Oct); 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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