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Lei Liang

Professor of Music, UC San Diego

Lei Liang is a Chinese-born American composer whose work has received accolades from academia and music critics. The winner of the 2011 Rome Prize, Liang is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, a Creative Capital Award and the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His concerto for saxophone and orchestra, Xiaoxiang, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2015. His orchestral work, A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams, won the prestigious 2021 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. As a scholar and conservationist of cultural traditions, he edited and co-edited five books and editions, and published more than forty articles. Liang leads an annual collaborative program on Chinese art and music between 21CCC and the Music Department.

For more information, see Lei Liang’s website.