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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: Long Yu conducts Jiang Tcheng Tse in Shanghai (17 Mar) and La joie de la souffrance with Maxim Vengerov in Monte Carlo (14 Jun)

"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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