Oscar-Winning Composer Tan Dun to Make Hollywood Bowl Debut, 8/13
Academy and Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer Tan Dun makes his Hollywood Bowl debut leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of his Martial Arts Cycle, on Thursday, August 13, at 8 pm.
Featuring excerpts from a trilogy of scores Tan Dun penned for some of the world's most renowned martial arts films, the cycle includes music from Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Zhang Yimou's Hero; and Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet. Selected clips from these films will be shown on the Bowl's big screen to accompany the performance.
Joining Tan Dun and the LA Phil that evening are pianist Zhang Zuo, making her Bowl debut, along with violinist Ray Chen and cellist Johannes Moser.
The world renowned artist Tan Dun, following in the footsteps of his composer/conductor musical icons Mahler and Bernstein, has made an indelible mark on the world's music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of art. A winner of today's most prestigious honors including a Grammy Award, Academy Award, the Grawemeyer Award for classical composition, Musical America's Composer of The Year, Bach Prize and Shostakovich Award, Tan Dun's music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television. As a conductor, Tan Dun has led the world's most esteemed orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra,Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France and NHK Symphony Orchestra of Japan, and has recently been named Honorary Chair of the Carnegie Hall China Advisory Council. He is also currently serving as Honorary Artistic Director of the China National Symphony Orchestra. As a global cultural leader, Tan Dun is dedicated to the purpose of rediscovering, preserving, and disseminating the world's vanishing culturesand protecting water and natural resources worldwide.Tan Dun served as "Cultural Ambassador to the World" for World EXPO Shanghai and is currently a UNESCO global Goodwill Ambassador. Most recently, Tan Dun opened the renowned 56th Venice Art Biennale with his Sound-River installation, and in June conducted La Scala Orchestra at the World Expo Italy.
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zhang Zuo ("Zee Zee") has been chosen to join BBC's flagship Young Artist program in the UK for the next two seasons. Zee Zee's unique musical talent was first discovered in Germany, where she began her training at age five. Upon her return to China, she became one of the most sought after young artists in the nation, collaborating with virtually all major Chinese orchestras such as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, and Guangzhou Philharmonic. The success of Zee Zee's debuts with top international orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and National Orchestra of Belgium, brought invitations to perform in the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory. Zee Zee's recent highlights include performances with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Ulster Orchestra (with whom she performed a live, televised concert for the BBC Proms this past summer). She currently studies at the Peabody Institute with Leon Fleisher, and is honoured to receive musical guidance from Alfred Brendel.
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions, Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. Ray has released three critically acclaimed albums on Sony: a recital program titled "Virtuoso" including works by Bach, Tartini, Franck, and Wieniawski which was distinguished with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award; a recording of the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos with Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding; and his latest recording, an all-Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Ray recently completed a five-city tour of China with the Gothenburg Symphony and Kent Nagano as well as a European tour with the London Philharmonic and Christoph Eschenbach. Other highlights of the past season include his debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and two engagements with the Orchestre National de France, the most recent as part of the televised Bastille Day concert on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris. Followed by over a million people on Soundcloud, Ray Chen looks to expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to the young generation via all available social media platforms. Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists.
Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists", German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world's leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras.
In 2014 Johannes made his debut at Carnegie Hall, performing Shostakovich's staggering Cello Concerto No. 1, and The New York Times proclaimed, "Moser... brought the house down." Johannes grows increasingly renowned for his efforts in expanding the reach of the classical genre, as well as his passionate focus on new music, and over the next season, Johannes is looking forward to working on a number of new works with Julia Wolfe, Andrew Norman and Anna Clyne, amongst others. Johannes is committed to reaching out to young audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. From his 2010 American tour with toy pianist Phyllis Chen "Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at Classical Music", to outreach activities on campuses and performances in alternative venues, Johannes aims to present classical music in terms with which listeners of all ages can connect. For more details about Johannes Moser's upcoming concert appearances, please visit www.johannes-moser.com.