Yang Yong, composition

Yang Yong was born in Beijing, China.  He began his music studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  And later on he continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and finally receiving his Ph.D. in composition and theory in 1995 from Brandeis University.  His earliest childhood musical influences stem from Peking Opera, folk melodies, and many kinds of folk stories told in China.  These experiences made a strong impact on his future education and professional career. 
Yang Yong is currently a professor of composition and theory at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  His compositions have been honored by many awards nationally and internationally, including several ASCAP Standard Awards, the first prizes for the International Award for Musical Composition Ciutat de Tarragona in Spain, the Valentino Bucchi Prize in Rome, Italy, the Washington International Composition, ALEA III International Composition Competition, among others.  He also received supports from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Music Center,Meet the Composer, Radio Vara in Netherlands, Massachusetts Cultural Council, among others.  Yang’s orchestra works have been performed in the United States and worldwide by the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, the Central Opera Symphony Orchestra in China, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Jose Symphony, Dniprogetrovsk Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine. His chamber works have received performances by the chamber groups of Berlin Philharmonic, Nieuw Ensemble, die reihe ensemble, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Parnassus, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Korean Chamber Ensemble, 4Plus Percussion in Korea, the Amelia Piano Trio, NEC Percussion Ensemble and many Chinese traditional instrumental virtuosos.  His music theory writing: Counterpoint in two volumes has been reprinted several times and are the bestsellers in this field in China.

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