At the forefront of the younger generation American composers, WANG JIE has emerged as one of the most evocative musical voices. Ranging from elegant to campy, her works are powerfully engaging, richly orchestrated and rhythmically vibrant. One day she spins a few notes into large music forms, the next she calls Zodiac animals to the opera stage – a rare trait in today’s composers.
Born in Shanghai shortly after the Culture Revolution, Ms. Wang was raised in an era of breathtaking economic and cultural expansion. She was a known piano prodigy by the age of five. A scholarship from Manhattan School of Music brought her to the US where she began her composition studies under the tutelage of Nils Vigeland and later with Richard Danielpour at the Curtis Institute of Music.
While a student, her tragic opera NANNAN was showcased by New York City Opera’s annual VOX festival. This led to the production of her chamber opera FLOWN, a meditation on lovers who must part, by Music-Theatre Group. The Emily Dickenson inspired song cycle I DIED FOR BEAUTY was featured at the opening ceremony of Beijing Modern Music Festival. Her piano trio SHADOW dramatizes the inner life of an autistic child. It was featured by the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Museum of Modern Art and was subsequently presented by Continuum at Merkin Hall’s “China in AmericNot yet 30 years old, Ms Wang won the coveted Underwood Commission, and her concert opera FROM THE OTHER SKY was the centerpiece of the American Composers Orchestra’s season opening concert at Carnegie Hall. During that same year, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Osmo Vanska, performed her SYMPHONY NO.1 as part of “Future Classics” series. Most recently, SYMPHONY NO.2, commissioned and premiered by Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was streamed live to global audiences. OBOE CONCERTO, co-commissioned by The Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress and The League of Composers Orchestra, premiered at NYC’s Miller Theater with NY Philharmonic’s principle oboist Liang Wang as the Soloist.