Praised by the Seattle Times as “a real talent here waiting to emerge” with “skillful orchestral writing, very colorful language and huge waves of sound,” Shuying Li is an award-winning composer who began her musical education in her native China. In her sophomore year at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she won a scholarship to continue her undergraduate studies at The Hartt School in Connecticut. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a research faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2020, She joined the faculty at Gonzaga University as Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory.
Shuying Li’s compositions have been performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound Ensemble, American Lyric Theater, Argus Quartet, Four Corners Ensemble, Hartford Opera Theater, Composers Conference Ensemble, Donald Sinta Quartet, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), 15.19. Ensemble (Italy), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), among others. Shuying has received awards or grants from OPERA America, China National Arts Fund, ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, The American Prize, International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition, New Jersey Composers’ Guild Commission Competition, International Huang Zi Composition Competition, the Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Competition, Melta International Composition Competition, etc.
A believer that music has the innate power to promote cultural diversity by connecting people through universally human passions and values, Shuying founded the Four Corners Ensemble in 2017. As Artistic Director and Conductor of the ensemble, Shuying’s efforts have led to residencies and performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, the Polish Consulate General in New York City, OPERA America, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the University of Michigan, The Hartt School, and the Hartford Opera Theater. Shuying also pioneered the Operation Opera Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Jimo Ancient City Classical Music Festival in Qingdao, China. Four Corners’ debut album, World Map, a series of chamber concertos Shuying composed for the members, has received acclaim published in Gramophone, Pizzicato, and Take Effect, among others.
Upcoming projects include performances by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Moscow Contemporary Ensemble (Russia), Alarm Will Sound, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble; an opera commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with librettist Julian Crouch; as well as a band consortium commission by 20 universities including the Hartt School, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Cornell University, and University of Illinois, etc.
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