Chou Wen-chung

News & Events

October 2007“Whither Chinese Composers?” article by Chou published in Contemporary Music Review, entitled “China and the West-- the Birth of a New Music,” Vol. 26, October/December 2007, published by Routledge, UK

10.19.07 to 10.20.07Two speeches by Chou, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou, China

10.14.07Beijing, China

Events sponsored by Currents- Art & Music Gallery entitled, “100 Streams Flowing in Confluence.” Lecture at the Alliance Francaise de Pekin, and concert of Varèse and Chou works at Currents Gallery; Windswept Peaks, Streams and Echoes from the Gorge performed by Bejing New Music Ensemble.

10.10.07Chou conferred Honorary Professor of Music at Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Two-day event included concerts and lecture on the future of Chinese culture "Future is in Our Past."

9.20.07Lecture at Department of Music, Hangyang University, Seoul, Korea

9.17.07 to 9.19.07“Nong Project 2007” at KNUA Hall, Seoul, Korea

Concert featuring Chou’s music, Windswept Peaks, Streams, Twilight Colors, and Echoes from the Gorge performed by The Korean National University of the Arts Orchestra.

5.10.07Speaker at panel discussion preceding concert, “Four Generations of Asian Composers,” celebrating Chinary Ung’s 65th birthday, Asia Society, New York

Concert featured works by Ung, Chou, and other Asian composers. Streams performed by Brentano Quartet.

5.04.07Premiere of Twilight Colors by Boston Musica Viva, Richard Pittman, conductor

“Twilight Colors” a double trio for wind and strings commissioned by Koussevitzky Foundation.

4.01.07 to 4.20.07Trip to Yunnan, China to celebrate 30th anniversary of Center for US-China Arts Exchange and 10th anniversary of the Center’s Yunnan Project

Two conferences:One in Dali region to review results of a 7-year project for conservation of indigenous cultures along the Silk Road, in particular, restoration of ancient city site of Weishan, center of trade and cultural interaction dating from 8th century; and one in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, to review work in one of the densest regions of cultural diversity in the world.

3.9.07 to 3.10.07Lecture for BluePrint series “Composers Talk Shop” and concert at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Windswept Peaks performed by Ensemble Parallèle, Nicole Paiement, conductor.

August 2006Wrote lead article “Weishan, Ancient Capital of Intercultural Exchange,” Chinese Old City-- Wei Shan, editor Fan Jianhua, published by Yunnan Fine Arts Publishing House, Kunming, China

5.24.06Speech on Varèse, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

Followed by two round table meetings with Roland Moser, Dieter Nanz, Wolfgang Rihm, Felix Meyer, Mouricio Kagel, Olivia Mattis, Andre Richard, and Heidy Zimmermann.

4.29.06Cello Concerto performed by New England Philharmonic, Boston

Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello, Richard Pittman, conductor.

2.23.06Symposium on Varèse‘s Déserts with David Robertson at Zankel Hall, New York.

2.15.06Varese‘s Tuning Up arranged by Chou according to Varèse‘s sketches performed by Juillard Symphony at Avery Fischer Hall.

2006New book on Chou Wen-chung by Peter Chang, published by Scarecrow Press.

2005Robert Stevenson Prize

Awarded by the Society of Ethnomusicology, Atlanta..