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: UK premiere of La joie de la souffrance at Cadogan Hall in London with violinist Ning Feng and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (20 Sep); new reduced version of La joie de la souffrance with erhu virtuoso Lu Yuwen on tour with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (9-18 Sep) and in Beijing with China Philharmonic (20 Nov); 50th birthday in 2024.
"His compositions display real inventiveness, very great talent and a total assimilation of Chinese thinking to European musical concepts." — Olivier Messiaen