44th Annual Conference - Honorary Member

Society for American Music
2018 Honorary Member

Chen Yi and Zhou Long

Terri Lyne Carrington
Zhou Long and Chen Yi
2018 Honorary Members

Dr. Chen Yi (violinist-composer) and Dr. Zhou Long (composer) were both born in China, have contributed immensely to musical culture in the United States and beyond, and are currently distinguished professors of composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. We honor both for convincingly blending Chinese and Western traditions. successfully transcending cultural and musical boundaries, and achieving honors of the highest order.

Dr. Chen, the recipient of the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005. A composer of contemporary classical music, her teachers have included Wu Zu-qiang, Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, and Alexander Goehr. She has received fellowships and commissioning awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States. She has won numerous awards, received appointments to various prestigious visiting professorships, and received four honorary doctorates. Her music is published by Theodore Presser Company, has been recorded on dozens of albums, and is performed world-wide.

Dr. Zhou, a Pulitzer-Prize winner, is known as a pioneer in transferring the idiomatic sounds and techniques of ancient Chinese musical traditions to modern Western instruments and ensembles. His creative vision has resulted in a new music that stretches Western instruments eastward and Chinese instruments westward, achieving an exciting and fertile common ground. He studied with Chou Wen-Chung, Mario Davidovsky, and George Edwards, and then spent more than a decade as music director of Music From China in New York City. His awards include the Elise Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, an Academy Award in Music, and the CalArts/Alpert Award. He has received commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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