“The world premiere of ‘Drinking Alone With the Moon’ (composed by Wang Guowei) is a perfect example. It combines the best of both worlds to produce something new and exciting, without violating the traditions of either culture.” – Portland Press Herald, Aug. 9, 2014, Christopher Hyde
Wang Guowei is a New York-based erhu performer, composer, and conductor. When writing cross-cultural music, Guowei explores ways to merge the linear character of Chinese music with the three-dimensional structure of Western music. His compositions include Sheng, Tea House, Two Pieces for Percussion Quartet: Kong-Wu, Three Poems for Erhu, Tang Wind, Two Plus Two, Lullaby, Songs for Huqin and Saxophone Quartet, and Leaving Home. As a solo artist, he has performed with the Shanghai Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Continuum, New Jersey Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Post Classical Symphony, Butch Morris, Kenny Garrett, and Yo-Yo Ma. Guowei is also the founder, conductor, and artistic director of the Music From China Youth Orchestra. He has taught erhu and Chinese music ensemble at Wesleyan University, New York University, Westminster Choir College at Rider University and Williams College. He is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship; NYSCA music commission awards; LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and Queens Arts Fund. Guowei is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory.
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Crescent Moon at Dawn (2009). Video Credit: Courtesy of Artist