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A Chinese composer and conductor, whose works have had a significant impact on the worldwide musical scene.His objective is to create innovative pieces for a diversified audience, overcoming the barriers between classical and popular music, and the music of the West and East.
He was born in 1957 in Hunan, in China. During the Cultural Revolution he performed at the Beijing Opera and also worked on rice plantations. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he had his first encounter with the music of the West. Fascinated with the new sounds he soon become a leading composer of the so-called New Wave of modern music in China, which had been developing at the beginning of the 1980s. It was characterized by cultural pluralism formerly prohibited in China. In 1986 Tan Dun moved to New York, where he received a fellowship at Columbia University, which granted him the title of Doctor of Musical Arts in 1993.
As a conductor he has co-operated with the most distinguished orchestras worldwide, among others: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. An opera form has had a great importance in his artistic works. Among his most recognized compositions are: Ghost Opera, performed during a world tour by the Kronos Quartet, Marco Polo (1996), Death and Fire, Peony Pavilion or Tea, which was written in collaboration with Xu Ying for instruments made of ceramics, stones and paper. Tan Dun also composes symphonies, his works comprise among others the famous mosaic symphony A World Symphony for the Millennium and Heaven Earth Mankind, which was composed for the occasion of Hong Kong’s return to China. However, the European audience associates Tan Dun with soundtracks for films. His adventure with the film industry started with composing the music for the American thriller Fallen, and then for the documentary In the Name of the Emperor, and later for the cinema hits Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero.
The music for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon brought the artist two Oscar nominations: for the best song Love Before Time and for the best music. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe and the award of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and also the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Moreover, Tan Dun is the winner of a Grammy award, the prestigious Grawemeyer award, Musical America’s Composer of the Year and others. He records for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical. During the world concert tour he introduces the audience to his latest composition – The Map, inspired by the traditional music from Hunan province where he comes from, now vanishing from memory, intertwined with modern sounds.