Autobiography, Concept, Style and Dream
I was born in 1997 in Beijing China. When I was one, we moved to Canada and I started to learn the piano at the age of four.
I have previously studied composition with Rodney Sharman, David Gordon Duke, Scott Good and Marcus Goddard and I have so far composed over 50 pieces of classical music for various ensembles from piano solo to full orchestra. I would like to thank David Gordon Duke for his selfless generosity and his most constructive composition lessons, patiently sitting through my whole rehearsal (for my Evergreen Concert) and whose suggestions, to both myself and the other musicians, have been very invaluable, and to thank Rodney Sharman, a fantastic composition teacher with whom I have been so fortunate to study with for two years.
Besides performing biannually at my piano recitals with the community, I have performed on a volunteer basis for seniors at care centres and for the less fortunate in the Greater Vancouver Area. In April 2012, my high school music department organized a Unicef Benefit Concert under the title “A Night of Classical Music and Poetry” where I performed 20 of my compositions. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from the principal Mr. Cober, teachers, students, friends, and the community. In Spring 2011, I was chosen to participate in Vancouver’s “Sonic Boom Festival” workshop for young composers with acclaimed composer Owen Underhill, where I performed my piece “Moonlit Waltz”. My nonet was presented for the first time in October 2012 at the Composers Workshop, under the direction of Owen Underhill from the Turning Point Ensemble. Other performances include Evergreen’s Emerging Talent Festival as well as concerts at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of Gene Ramsbottom’s “Out for Lunch Concert Series” (Spring 2013), Tom Lee Music (November 2013) and Evergreen Cultural Centre (November 2013).
At an early age, I was deeply influenced and inspired by Russian composers particularly Kabalevsky and Tchaikovsky. Since then, my horizons have broadened and I have come to love music from all over the world. Our world has so many cultures and there are great treasures of untapped music that need to be discovered. Even a seemingly simple melody sang by a mother to a child of a faraway place or the Altai throat singing of nomadic people has a uniqueness and beauty that I want to connect with. I want my music to inspire people, to give them hope and show them that life in its every single moment has a great aim and a beautiful destination.
My concept about music has deep roots in history and romanticism. I believe that there will never be an end in creating classical music and there exists, a kind of international music that transcends time, frontiers, countries and nationalities. Through music, I want to learn to connect to every single country, nation, community, tribe or people and I write my music with the goal of expressing the aspirations, happiness and the suffering of my fellow man. For these reasons, I call my music: Music Link with Humanity.
I am totally devoted and determined to continue on this path. My dream is to reach out to the hearts of millions of people in our small world who would like to listen to my music.