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(b 1955 )

Bright Sheng is recognised as one of the leading composers of our time, whose stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works are performed regularly by the most important performing arts institutions and artists worldwide.

Proclaimed by the MacArthur Foundation in 2001 as “an innovative composer who merges diverse musical customs in works that transcend conventional aesthetic boundaries”, Bright Sheng writes music with a strong Asian influence. However, it is the synthesis with Western musical tradition that makes his work truly distinctive and original, thanks to his profound understanding of both cultures. As Sheng admits: “I consider myself both 100% American and 100% Asian.”

In September of 2016, the San Francisco Opera commissioned and premièred Sheng’s opera Dream of The Red Chamber to a sold-out month-long run, featuring a libretto by David Henry Hwang and Sheng himself.

In addition to composing, Sheng enjoys an active career as a conductor and concert pianist, and frequently acts as music advisor and artistic director to orchestras and festivals. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, and the Y.K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where, in 2011, he founded The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong. He has been the Artistic Director of the Partnership since its inception.

Bright Sheng was born in Shanghai on December 6, 1955, and moved to New York in 1982 where he pursued his graduate works and studied composition and conducting privately with his mentor Leonard Bernstein.

Bright Sheng’s music is exclusively published by G. Schirmer, Inc.

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ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 1: Music for the Theater / Program 2: What Makes A Masterpiece? (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
Classical Concert
Choral Music (Songs of Peace and Praise) (New York Virtuoso Singers, Queens College Choir and Vocal Ensemble, Rosenbaum, Bright Sheng, J. John) Naxos
Choral - Secular
ECHOES - Classic Works Transformed (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
INTIMACY OF CREATIVITY (The) - 5 Year Retrospective (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng) Naxos
Chamber Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND (THE): Masterpieces for Symphonic Band, Programs 1-3 (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
Classical Concert
Recorder Concertos: Petri, Michala - TANG, Jianping / SHENG, Bright / MA, Shui-Long / CHEN, Yi (Chinese Recorder Concertos) OUR Recordings
SCHWARZ, Gerard: Gerard Schwarz Collection (The) (30-CD Box Set) Naxos
SHENG, B.: Song of Majnun (The) (Complete) Delos
Opera, Interview, Opera
SHENG, Bright: Blazing Mirage (The) / The Song and Dance of Tears / Colors of Crimson (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng) Naxos
SHENG, Bright: Night at the Chinese Opera (A) / String Quartet No. 5 / My Song / My Other Song (P. Serkin, Bright Sheng, Shanghai Quartet) Naxos
Instrumental, Chamber Music
SHENG, Bright: Northern Lights / Melodies of a Flute / 4 Movements for Piano Trio (Dan Zhu, J. Schwarz, Trey Lee, Bright Sheng) Naxos
Chamber Music
SHENG, Bright: Phoenix (The) / Red Silk Dance / Tibetan Swing / H'un (Lacerations) (Sheng, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
Vocal, Orchestral
SHENG, Bright: Spring Dreams / 3 Fantasies / Tibetan Dance (Cho-liang Lin, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Tsung Yeh, A.-M. Schub, E. Svoboda, B. Sheng) Naxos
Chamber Music, Concerto, Chamber Music
SHENG: China Dreams / Nanking Nanking Naxos
Violin Recital: Muresanu, Irina - ENESCU, G. / FLYNN, D. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. / BACH, J.S. (Four Strings Around the World) Dorian Sono Luminus
ZWILICH, E.: Clarinet Quintet / SHENG, B.: Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet (Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society) Delos
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