Lei Liang

Professor of Music, UC San Diego

Lei Liang is a professor of music at UC San Diego where he served as chair of the composition area and Acting Chair of the Music Department. He is a Chinese-born American composer whose works have been described as “hauntingly beautiful and sonically colorful” by The New York Times, and as “far, far out of the ordinary, brilliantly original and inarguably gorgeous” by The Washington Post. His recent works address issues of sex trafficking across the US-Mexican border (Cuatro Corridos), America's complex relationship with gun and violence (Inheritance), and environmental awareness through the sonification of coral reefs. Liang taught in China as a distinguished visiting professor at Shaanxi Normal University College of Arts in Xi'an and served as honorary professor of composition and sound design at Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Starting from 2018, he serves as the Artistic Director of the Chou Wen-chung Music Research Center in China.

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