Du Yun, composer

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Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performance artist. Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, theatre, opera, orchestral, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise. She recently won the Pulitzer Prize for her opera Angel’s Bones. 

Known as “protean” and “chameleonic,” The New York Times  has called Yun a leading figure in China’s new generation of composers, and her music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, ensembles, orchestras and organizations.

As a performance artist, 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, the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirate), Auckland Art Triennial (New Zealand), Istanbul Biennial (Turkey), and Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh). 

Off-Broadway credits include Original Music for David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu (Signature Theatre) and Original Music for Chiori Miyagawa’s Hiroshima Mon Amour (Ohio Theatre). An alumna of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College (B.M.), and Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.), Du Yun is currently on the faculty of SUNY-Purchase. Since 2014 she has been the Artistic Director of MATA Festival, a pioneering organization dedicated to commissioning and presenting young composers from around the world.

“An indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge.” – The New York Times