Du Yun

New York, NY

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun is an internationally-performed composer and musician. Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice,” “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge;” “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC), “…the strongest impression made yet, a political statement against oppression and violence” (by De Rode Leeuw, Amsterdam), and “…one senses the exceptional ear, exploration and the results are impeccably powerful” (by Le Devoir, Montréal), “heralds a significant voice” (Financial Times), her music exists at an artistic crossroads of chamber music, theater, pop music, opera, orchestral, cabaret, storytelling, visual arts and noise. Du Yun has received commissions include from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Weill Institution Commission, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Whitney Museum Live, the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, Festivals für Neue Musik & aktuelle Kultur (Switzerland), violinist Hillary Hahn, cellist Matt Haimovitz, flutist Claire Chase and many more. Her music has also been presented by the Radio Kamer Filharmonie of The Netherlands, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne of Canada, le Decadanse of France, Nueva Musíca Duo of Mexico, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the New Julliard Ensemble, the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, the Continuum, the Dinoseur Annex, the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Metropolis Ensemble, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, Katinka Kleijn, Nova Musica of Helinski, Ultima Contemporary Music (Norway), Festival d’Avignon (France), the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Netherlands), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Canadian Music Week, Nova Scotia Festival, Centro Nacional De la Música (Argentina), among others. Her installation-performance-video collaboration with visual artist Shahzia Sikander, Gossamer, was on view at the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum and the Tokyo Contemporary Museum of Art respectively in fall season of 2010. Her opera/plays have been produced at the PS122 and the Ohio Theatre, upcoming new opera work to be presented at the Mount Holyoke College in Spring 2012.

As an performer, she has appeared in many assorted holes and halls across town and globally.

An alumna of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College (BM), Harvard University (MA, PHD), Du Yun has served on the faculty of SUNY-Purchase since 2006. She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Du Yun is published by Boosey & Hawkes. Her studio pop album, Shark in You, releases on vinyl, CD and digital in late March 2011 on New Focus. Forthcoming recording of her concert works with ICE is in the final stage of mixing.

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