This week’s is composer and violinist Dr. Chen Yi. Dr. Chen is a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. She is currently a Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2019.
Born in China, Ms. Chen received bachelor and master degrees from the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Recent world premieres of Chen Yi’s works have included Introduction, Andante, and Allegro by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Fire for 12 players by the Grossman Ensemble at Logan Center Performance Hall in the University of Chicago, Totem Poles for organ solo at the AGO national convention in Kansas City, Pearle River Overture by Guangzhou Symphony in China, and Southern Scenes for flute, p**a, and orchestra by the Hawaii Symphony in Honolulu. The 20/21 concert season started with the European premiere of Tang Poems Cantata by MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Germany and the world premiere of Bamboo Song by pianist Zou Xiang at the China National Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall in China, followed by world premiere performances of two oboe solo works: Elegy by St Paul Chamber Orchestra’s oboe principal Cassie Pilgrim, and Mountain Song by Fergus McCready at the Royal Academy of Music to celebrate its 200th anniversary.
You can listen to her work “Memory” below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCE6mTR9q6w