Wang Ying (composer)

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Wang Ying (Chinese: 王穎; pinyin: Wáng Yǐng; born September 10, 1976) is a Chinese composer.


Wang Ying was born in Shanghai, China. She began her musical education at the age of four, receiving piano lessons from her father, the composer Wang Xilin. At the Shanghai Conservatory of Music she studied composition with Gang Chen, Daqun Jia and instrumentation with Yang Liqin, completing a bachelor's degree with honors in 2002. In 2003 she moved to Cologne, Germany for graduate studies with York Höller at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. From 2008 she studied electronic composition with Michael Beil and composition with Johannes Schöllhorn and Rebecca Saunders. In 2010 she completed a master's degree in contemporary music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts as well as working with Helmut Lachenmann. At the Cologne Conservatory she studied for the Diplom and concert exam in composition as well as one in elektronic composition – both were completed in 2011. In 2011 she was chosen to study at the “Cursus de composition et d’informatique musicale” at IRCAM in Paris, where she studied with Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux and Ivan Fedele, graduating in 2012.[1][2][3]

Wang has taken part in many workshops including the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, the composition workshop of the Suvisotto-Festival in Porvoo, Helsinki, and the Off-Program for Students at the Donaueschingen Festival. She has also worked with Beat Furrer, Jukka Tiensuu and Misato Mochizuki.

Wang’s compositions include solo music, chamber music, electronic music, as well as pieces for orchestra. Her music combines the sounds of China with elements of European avant-garde music. Her works have been performed in China, Germany, France, Finland, Poland, Sweden, Austria and the United States. She has collaborated with various ensembles such as Avanti! (Helsinki), the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt), Ensemble Alternance (Paris), Baikonur Ensemble (Vienna), Cassatt Quartet (New York), IzM Ensemble Frankfurt, Norrbotten NEO (Sweden), Ensemble United Berlin, Ensemble en plythos (Weimar), Ensemble Atlas (Amsterdam), Lanxess Young Euro Classic Festival Ensemble (Berlin-Beijing), the orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Jeunesse-Kammerchor (Vienna) and the Gürzenich Orchestra (Cologne).

Wang has won prizes at composition competitions of the Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung (Vienna), “Jing-Bei”, China and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She has received commissions from the Young Euro Classic Festival (Berlin), the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Theater Rüsselsheim, Kasseler Musiktage, Villa Musica and the International Young Composer Festival in Kraków. In 2009–10 she received a scholarship from the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt. In 2010 she was composer in residence at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and held scholarships from Herrenhaus Edenkoben through the recommendation of Peter Eötvös. A portrait concert of Wang Ying was held at the Haus der Deutsche Ensemble Akademie in Frankfurt in 2010.

In 2012 she became the second female composer to win the Biennial Brandenburg Symphony Composition Competition (the first being Chihchun Chi-sun Lee in 2005), winning the 5th Brandenburg Biennale.[4]

List of Works[edit]



  • Die Trauerfeier der Blumen for gu zheng, soprano and orchestra (2002)
  • ...wie Fern, wie Hell… (Edition A) for orchestra (2007)
  • Yi.Yi.Yi. 3 Movements for string orchestra (2008)
  • Phantasmagoria for orchestra (2008)
  • Steel, Steam, Storm for orchestra (2008–2009)
  • Focus-Fission for orchestra (2011)


  • The Mountain Spirit for flute, oboe, clarinet, guitar, harp, piano, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello and contrabass (2005)
  • Augenblicke...Versenkung! for flute, clarinet, bassoon., harp, violoncello and piano (2006)
  • Fließende Emotion for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, violin, viola and violoncello (2007)
  • ...wie Fern, wie Hell... (Edition B) for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussionists, piano, harp, 2 violins, viola, violoncello and contrabass (2007/2009)
  • Nur Ich for gu zheng, pipa, sheng, percussion, piano, violin, viola and violoncello (2009)
  • Fokus-Axis for ensemble (2010)

Vocal music[edit]

  • Echo aus den Vergangenheit I for 2 Choirs (1999)
  • Die Gasse im Regen for speaker, flute, harp and mixed choir (1999)
  • Ursprung des Klangs for choir and 3 percussionists (2004)
  • Pie-R-Rot for voices and ensemble (2010)
  • F-Ü-I-D for baritone and piano (2010)

Chamber opera[edit]

  • Wilde Gräser for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and ensemble (1999–2000)

Electronic music with instruments[edit]

  • Schatten, durch den Klang III for overtone singing and electronic sounds (2008)
  • Wave in D for accordion and electronic sounds (2008)
  • Dopplung for saxophone and live electronics (2009)
  • Compass quartet for clarinet, horn, violoncello, piano and electronics (2009/2010)
  • Tun•Tu for baritone saxophone, electronic sounds and live electronics (2012)

Chamber music[edit]

  • YaoYao for string quartet (1999)
  • Der Felsen for violoncello, piano and percussion (1999)
  • Gesang in Trunkenheit for violin and 2 percussionists (2000)
  • Illusion for sheng and string quartet (2000)
  • Echo aus den Vergangenheit for two accordions (2003)
  • Reminiszenz Jiang-Nan for flute, violin, violoncello, percussion and piano (2004)
  • Schatten durch den Klang for 2 oboes (2005)
  • Moment der Kontemplation for bass clarinet, accordion and tamtam (2006)
  • Durchsichtiges Lied for oboe and harp (2006)
  • Schatten, durch den Klang II for organ and percussion (2007)
  • Begrenzt-Unbegrenzt for saxophone, violin, viola and percussion (2008)
  • Durchsichtiges Lied 2nd version for alto flute and harp (2006/2009)
  • Cycle for piano trio (2011)

Solo pieces[edit]

  • Imprint – Blue for piano (2011)


  1. ^ Information in German from Wang Ying's Website
  2. ^ Information in English from Wang Ying's Website
  3. ^ Curriculum vitae also provided by Wang Ying
  4. ^ "Förderverein Brandenburger Symphoniker – Preisträger". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  5. ^ List of Works
  6. ^ An uptodate list of works provided by Wang Ying

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