Bright Sheng is recognised as one of the leading composers of our time, whose stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works are performed regularly by the most important performing arts institutions and artists worldwide.
Proclaimed by the MacArthur Foundation in 2001 as “an innovative composer who merges diverse musical customs in works that transcend conventional aesthetic boundaries”, Bright Sheng writes music with a strong Asian influence. However, it is the synthesis with Western musical tradition that makes his work truly distinctive and original, thanks to his profound understanding of both cultures. As Sheng admits: “I consider myself both 100% American and 100% Asian.”
In September of 2016, the San Francisco Opera commissioned and premièred Sheng’s opera Dream of The Red Chamber to a sold-out month-long run, featuring a libretto by David Henry Hwang and Sheng himself.
In addition to composing, Sheng enjoys an active career as a conductor and concert pianist, and frequently acts as music advisor and artistic director to orchestras and festivals. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, and the Y.K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where, in 2011, he founded The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong. He has been the Artistic Director of the Partnership since its inception.
Bright Sheng was born in Shanghai on December 6, 1955, and moved to New York in 1982 where he pursued his graduate works and studied composition and conducting privately with his mentor Leonard Bernstein.
Bright Sheng’s music is exclusively published by G. Schirmer, Inc.