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27/07 - 05/08/2018

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2018 Festival Artists

Sheng

Wu Tong


China

Proudly supported by Jan and David Robinson

Born into a musical family, Wu Tong graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in 1994 and has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the founding vocalist of Lunhui (Again), the first rock band ever to appear on Chinese television. In 2008 he made his operatic debut in The Bonesetter’s Daughter (San Francisco Opera) and wrote the film score to Wong Kar-Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux. A nominee for Best Crossover Album at Taiwan’s 2011 Golden Melody Awards, he was named 2012 Musician of the Year by New York’s China Institute. In 2013, he premiered Zhao Lin’s Duo, a double concerto written for him and Yo-Yo Ma.

Wu developed a looping technology for a new electronic sheng, giving the Chinese traditional wind instrument a new lease on life, and he wrote and arranged the sound track for Wong Kar Wai’s film Ashes of Time Redux, featuring Mr. Ma; the film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and was featured in that year’s New York Film Festival. Wu Tong’s 2011 solo album was nominated for Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award for Best Crossover Album, and he was named the 2012 Musician of the Year by the China Institute in New York. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma on “Kuai Le,” featured in Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2010. In November 2013 Wu Tong joined Mr. Ma in the World Premiere of Duo, a double concerto written specifically for them by Chinese composer Zhao Lin.
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