Du Yun

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Du Yun
Du Yun in Shanghai.jpg
Du Yun at Daguan theatre, at Shanghai Project opening
Background information
Born (1977-06-18)June 18, 1977
Shanghai, China
Genres Avant-garde, experimental, punk, classical, crossover, folk, electronics, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, performance artist
Years active 2006–present
Labels VIA Records, Oxingale, Pentatone, New Focus Records, Deutsche Grammophon
Associated acts Ok Miss
Website www.channelduyun.com

Du Yun (traditional Chinese: 杜韻, simplified Chinese: 杜韵, born June 18, 1977) is a Chinese born international composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone.[1] She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. [2] Du Yun is named as one of the 38 Great Immigrants by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2018. [3]

Early life and education[edit]

Du Yun was born in Shanghai, China. She began studying piano at the age of four, attending the primary school Shanghai Conservatory of Music for piano. She studied composition at the middle school Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Deng Erbo. Du later moved to the United States and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition, under Randolph Coleman, and received a PhD in music composition from Harvard University, with Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky.

In 2006, Du Yun joined the composition faculty at the State University of New York-Purchase. In 2017, she joined the composition faculty at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.[4] The same year, she was also appointed as the artist-in-residence at the SHCM-Berklee Contemporary Music Institute, a joint establishment between the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Berkelee College of Music.[5][6]

On her earlier years growing up in Shanghai, Du recounted, in her contribution to WQXR, that neither of her parents went to college and both were factory workers in China.[7]

She uses her whole name Du Yun, not Du, for professional and personal uses.

Career[edit]

In my mind, I don’t discern whether it’s in English or in Chinese. I remember when I first came here, in my early years, I realized that this word was in English or this word was in Chinese, but I no longer have those differences anymore.

Du Yun[8]

Her works include compositions for solo instruments, electroacoustic music, chamber music, orchestral works, opera, indie pop, punk, theatre, oral tradition music, sound installations, and performance art pieces. Du's works have been performed internationally in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Guangzhou Opera House, the Salle Pleyel Paris, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Escola de Música do Estado in São Paulo, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse in Germany. She has written for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and solo artists Hilary Hahn and Matt Haimovitz.

From 2014-2018, Du Yun was the Artistic Director of the MATA Festival in New York City. In 2018, she was selected by China's Recruitment Program of Global Experts, known as the "Thousand Talents Plan".[9] An effort to bring back international innovative talents. [10]

Du Yun lives and works from New York City.

Theatrical works[edit]

On April 10, 2017 she was awarded with Pulitzer Prize for Music for her second opera, Angel's Bone.[11][12][13][14] The citation for the prize reads: "Premiered on January 6, 2016, at the Prototype Festival, 3LD Arts and Technology Center, New York City, a bold operatic work that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world. Libretto by Royce Vavrek."[15]

She is the composer of the musical Dim Sum Warriors, based on a graphic novel and bilingual iPad app series about kung fu-fighting dumplings by the Singaporean filmmaker, satirist and cartoonist Colin Goh and Yenyen Woo.[16] Dim Sum Warrior was made into a Chinese musical which was produced by Stan Lai. The musical debuted in Aug 11, 2017, to sold-out audiences at Theatre Above in Shanghai.[17]

As a performing artist[edit]

Du Yun at rehearsal

Du Yun's performing persona on stage has been called "utterly extraordinary, unrestrained performance." [18]

Performances in the visual art world[edit]

Du Yun has done works for the Guangzhou Triennial,[19] The Shanghai Project,[20] Cordoba Contemporary Arts Center,[21] and the Shahjah Biennial.

Social causes[edit]

Du Yun is an advocate for women, racial equality and social justice. In an interview with National Public Radio on the gender issue in classical music, she said: "I think this is the issue — larger and deeper than the debate of discrimination at hand. Any sustainable and viable career paths cannot and should not depend on a few people's luck." [22] Speaking to Foreign Policy on art's power in politics, she said: “A lot of times politics, global issues, are very black and white... There is a place for that, but it’s also fantastic to have art side by side, from different viewpoints open for interpretations.” [23]

Curatorial outputs[edit]

Du Yun founded and curated the Pan Asia Sounding Festival at National Sawdust in March 2018, as part of the Spring Revolution.[24] “I want to demystify Asian culture. I want to question who owns the culture and bring together the divisions we have in society,” she told the New York News Channel PIX11.[25]


Works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Compilations

Critical reception[edit]

Du Yun is regarded as one of China's leading young composers.[29] Her onstage performing persona has been described as "adventurously eclectic" and "an indie diva with avant garde edge"[30] by The New York Times. She was named one of the top 35 female composers in classical music by The Washington Post.[31]

Collaborations[edit]

Notable collaborations include with visual artist Shahzia Sikander, flutist Claire Chase, and librettist Royce Vavrek.

Honors and recognitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robin, William (13 April 2017). "What Du Yun's Pulitzer Win Means for Women in Classical Music". Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018 – via www.newyorker.com. 
  2. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Guggenheim_Fellowships_awarded_in_2018
  3. ^ https://www.carnegie.org/programs/great-immigrants/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Top Chinese, U.S. music schools team up for contemporary music institute - Xinhua - English.news.cn". news.xinhuanet.com. Archived from the original on 20 June 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Berklee and Shanghai Conservatory of Music Establish Institute - Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu. Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Composers and Their Dads: A Father's Day Special". wqxr.org. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  8. ^ https://staythirstymagazine.blogspot.com/p/du-yun-conversation.html
  9. ^ https://kknews.cc/culture/mq6rpx9.html
  10. ^ http://www.1000plan.org/qrjh/article/61537
  11. ^ a b www.pulitzer.org http://www.pulitzer.org. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Du Yun's 'Angel's Bone' Wins Pulitzer Prize For Music". npr.org. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Du Yun Awarded 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music". newmusicbox.org. 10 April 2017. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  14. ^ Fonseca-Wollheim, Corinna da (1 January 2018). "Review: In 'Angel's Bone,' Terrified Seraphim at the Mercy of Mortals". Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018 – via NYTimes.com. 
  15. ^ www.pulitzer.org http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/du-yun. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Dim Sum Warriors". Colin and Yen Yen. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  17. ^ hermesauto (19 August 2017). "Kungfu dim sum musical written by Singaporean couple takes off in Shanghai". straitstimes.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  18. ^ Lentjes, Rebecca (2 November 2017). "A Catalyst, an interview with Du Yun". Van Magazine. 
  19. ^ "The Unseen: the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial - Announcements - e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Du Yun - 上海种子". shanghai-project.org. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  21. ^ "De la densidad a lo ténue. Du Yun y Claire Chase en concierto - Actividad - Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía". www.c3a.es. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  22. ^ "Looking For Women's Music At The Symphony? Good Luck!". npr.org. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  23. ^ "Opera Composer Thrusts Grim World of Human Trafficking Back Into the Spotlight". foreignpolicy.com. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  24. ^ Simon, Alexandra (March 2018). "Sounds of spring: Composer creates a Pan-Asian music festival". Brooklyn Paper. 
  25. ^ Hickey, Magee (10 March 2018). "Pan Asia Sounding Festival celebrates the voices of multicultural women". PIX11. 
  26. ^ "Du Yun. Shanghai Project Chapter 2, 2017. Eröffnungsperformance". universes.art. Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  27. ^ ""见所未见"——第四届广州三年展主题展". artspy.cn. Archived from the original on 19 June 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  28. ^ "Sounds Heard: Du Yun—Shark In You". newmusicusa.org. 31 May 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  29. ^ Kozinn, Allan (July 2012). "Made in China, With Plenty Of Western Parts". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2017-07-08. 
  30. ^ Kozinn, Allan (July 2014). "Peak Performances to Offer 14 Premieres". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. 
  31. ^ Midgette, Anne (August 2017). "The top 35 female composers in classical music". The Washington Post. 
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  33. ^ "Classical Commissioning Program - Chamber Music America". www.chamber-music.org. Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  34. ^ exhibit-e.com. "Du Yun - Fellows - Civitella Ranieri". www.civitella.org. Archived from the original on 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  35. ^ "Elaine Lebenbom Award Winners". www.dso.org. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  36. ^ https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Past%20Fellows
  37. ^ https://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/du-yun/
  38. ^ https://www.carnegie.org/news/articles/july-fourth-tribute-carnegie-corporation-new-york-recognizes-contributions-38-distinguished-immigrants/

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