Born and raised in Shanghai, China Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist.

Born and raised in Shanghai, China Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist. Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice,” her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, theater, opera, orchestral, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise.  Described as "protean" and "chameleonic,” National Public Radio recently voted her as one of the top 100 composers under 40.  

Du Yun has received commissions from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art,  the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra,  violinist Hillary Hahn, cellist Matt Haimovitz, Trinity Wall Street, Festival of New Trumpet, Ecstatic Music Festival, the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, Americas Society, and many more. Her music has also been presented by the 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), among many others. Other grants include Aaron Copland Award, Rockefellor Foundation – Bellagio, and Festival Aix-en-Provence.

Aavid performer, she has appeared in many assorted holes and halls, across New York, nationally and abroad. Her onstage persona has been described by The New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge,” and “flamboyant” by the Chicago Tribune. As a performance artist, her solo engagements include the 2012 Guangzhou Art Triennial (China) at the Guangzhou Opera House, and the National Academy Museum (USA). Her ongoing collaborations of installation-performance-video with the Pakistani visual artist Shahzia Sikander have been on view at the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, the Tokyo Contemporary Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Pace Foundation (San Antonio), Hong Kong Art Fair 2012. ArtForum writes the piece as “standout, sound utilized to its best effect.” New collaboration works scheduled to be on view at the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates) in 2013, and the 2013 Auckland Biennial (New Zealand).

Du Yun’s recent studio pop album, Shark in You, has garnered critical acclaim. Her classical compositions can be heard on such labels as Shanghai
Classical Music, ATMA Classique, Oxingale, New Focus, and upcoming on Deutsche Grammophon. An album of her concert works is scheduled to release on TZADIK in summer 2013.  

An alumna of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College (BM), Harvard University (MA,PHD), Du Yun is currently on the faculty of SUNY-Purchase.


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