Du Yun: Short Bio | Du Yun

Du Yun: Short Bio

Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in New York, is a composer, multi-instrumentalists, performance artist, curator, working at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, pop music, oral tradition, visual arts, electronics and noise.

Hailed by the New York Times as a leading figure in China’s new generation of composers and often cited as a key activist in New York’s “new movement in new music,” she was selected by the National Public Radio (US) as 100 composers under 40. Known as chameleonic in her protean artistic outputs, her music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, ensembles, orchestras and organizations. In addition, Du Yun has also made works in the art world, including the 4th Guangzhou Art Triennial, Sharjah Biennial (UAE), Auckland Triennial, and Istanbul Biennial.

Du Yun is on the composition faculty at SUNY-Purchase. She was a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and currently she serves as the Artistic Director of MATA, a pioneering organization dedicated to commissioning and championing young composers from around the world.



HD Still from Gossamer with Shahzia Sikander, 2010
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Photo: Giorgia Fanelli (for Civitella Ranieri Foundation)
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Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice”

“re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC)

“heralds a significant voice” (Financial Times)

“…the strongest impression made yet” (by De Rode Leeuw, Amsterdam)

and “…one senses the exceptional ear, exploration and the results are impeccably powerful” (by Le Devoir, Montréal),

Musical AmericaASCAP Playback MagazineNPRSveriges Radio (Sweden), Radio Canada and others have featured her profile. Known as “protean” and “chameleonic”, the National Public Radio (USA) has recently voted her as one of 100 composers under 40.