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Zhiyi Wang Wins Post as Composer-in-Residence for the Shanghai Opera House

Time: 2012.08.27      Source: 《Of Note》Magazine      Reads:1064

The Shanghai Opera House rarely appoints a composer-in-residence, much less one who’s 26 years old and just out of college.

So, UofL composition graduate Zhiyi Wang 06GMU was pleasantly surprised when he learned recently that he had attained that prestigious post.

“They’ve rejected tons of people who dream of this position,” Wang says. “So they asked me to cherish this chance and prove that they made the right choice.”

Wang, a 2006 graduate who studied composition under music professor Marc Satterwhite, was supported at UofL with a two-year Grawemeyer Fellowship. Previously, Wang had attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and while there won the top prize in the Premio Franz Liszt International Competition for Composers, bestowed by an Italian association.

Wang’s first major assignment at the opera is to orchestrate 23 Chinese folk songs, slated to be recorded for CD.

“It’s a gorgeous opportunity for me to get my work into actual sound—and what a chance to improve my orchestration skills!”

Wang cites a wide range of musical influences on his work, from Johann Sebastian Bach and Maurice Ravel to Toru Takemitsu and The Beatles.