Awarded First Prize by the Luxembourg International Composition Prize, Huang Ruo has been cited by the New Yorker as "one of the world's leading young composers" and “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a compositional technique he calls “dimensionalism.” Huang Ruo’s writing spans from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and modern dance, to sound installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film.
Ensembles who have premiered and performed his music include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Polish Radio Orchestra, Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Opera Hong Kong, New York City Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Asko Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Integrals, Quatuor Diotima, and Ethel Quartet, and under conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Dennis Russell Davies, Ed Spanjaard, Xian Zhang, and Ilan Volkov.
Huang Ruo's new opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, will be given its American premiere by the Santa Fe Opera in 2014. His upcoming commissions include two chamber operas for the Houston Grand Opera and the Washington National Opera, a vocal drama for the Ars Nova Copenhagen and Danish Dance Theatre, an orchestra work for the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be premiered at the Concertgebouw, and a new symphony for the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.
Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, China, in 1976. He was admitted into the composition program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying with his mentor Professor Deng Erbo at the age of twelve. After winning the Henry Mancini Award at the 1995 International Film and Music Festival in Switzerland, he moved to the United States to further his education. Since then, he has earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. He is the artistic director and conductor of Future In REverse (FIRE), and was selected as a Young Leader Fellow by the National Committee on United States–China Relations in 2006.
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