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Mar 20, 2023

Review: ‘Snapshot’ offers a tantalizing glimpse of new operas in progress

San Francisco Chronicle

"...forms the basis of “When Purple Mountains Burn,” which boasts a vivid, dramatic score by composer Shuying Li. For the role of Iris, Li requires an electrifying vocal high-wire act, and soprano Winnie Nieh rose thrillingly to the occasion."

May 20, 2021

OPERA America Awards $100,000 in Discovery Grants to Support Seven New Works by Women Composers

OPERA America

"OPERA America is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Women Composers program. These composers will receive a total of $100,000 to support development activities of seven new theatrical works for the trained voice and instrumental ensemble. "

Dec 16, 2020

LI: World Map Review

American Record Guide

"each displaying the talents of one of the Four Corners Ensemble members and the incredible span of Shuying Li's compositional tool box."

Nov 2, 2020

Shuying Li: World Map

Take Effect

"An extremely diverse effort where plenty of soloing is much appreciated, World Map lives up to its title with sharp, cultured and always dynamic song craft that resonates with a timelessness that will be relevant for decades to come."

Oct 1, 2020

LI World Map (Four Corners Ensemble)


"It is a brilliant conclusion to the series, fusing Western and Eastern musical traditions in its volatile soundscape." " An enjoyable disc."

Sep 24, 2020

Musikalische Reise um die Welt


"The interpretations of the Four Corners Ensemble show the musicians’ high technical level as well as their commitment with which they make Shuying Li’s music attractive, not least because it is not only rich but also emotional."

Sep 24, 2018


Broadway World

"Sitting close to the keyboard, Nobu delivered a precise, exciting, and nuanced performance of Frédéric Chopin's (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, op.21, composed around 1830. As rearranged for a small orchestra by Shuying Li, the streamlined ensemble became more of an equal partner than simply an accompanist."

Dec 12, 2017

Classics and a World Premiere from Orpheus

Seen and Heard International

"See-sawing between the intimately personal and universal, Li’s composition found structural balance between a tone poem and and a bit of postmodernism. Out Came the Sun should be worthy of many performances after its premiere."

Dec 6, 2017

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra brings its polished richness to the Kravis Center

South Florida Classical Review

"Most effective was the music expressing the mother’s depression, with melodies of wry melancholy that seemed to capture the puzzlement of such a mood after the celebratory days after the birth of a child."

Dec 3, 2017

Truls Mørk|ORPHEUS @ Carnegie Hall

Oberon's Grove

"There are not many composers whose new works I am excited to hear. Some of my current favorites include Kaija Saariaho, Sunleif Rasmussen, Sebastian Fagerlund and John Adams. I will now add Shuying Li to this list. Her new composition, “Out Came the Sun”, which Orpheus premiered in this performance, is stunning."

Dec 3, 2017

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Shuying Li's world premier Out Came The Sun shone on its own as the orchestra played the highly dramatic notes signaling the monumental event of a child's birth. A sweet lullaby on the celeste suggests the contrasting moods of childbirth. This composition stood well on its own, full of harmonic clouds which contrasted the emotions which wildly swing in a new mother. Orpheus showed clearly how it fit in the evening, with hidden messages, painful tones and an overall sense of the messages music can deliver."

Jul 22, 2015

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Presents New Works From Composition Institute

Town Topics

"she has insisted on her own musical personality, which proved to have a gentle touch with orchestration."

Mar 22, 2014

‘Celebrate Asia’ program combines best of East, West

The Seattle Times

"The overture to the opera “The Siege,” by Shuying Li, which had its world premiere after intermission, encompassed enough moments of beauty to suggest that there is a real talent here waiting to emerge once the 24-year-old composer has broken the shackles of old-fashioned Modern Music in the tired conventional manner."

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