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Bright SHENG (盛宗亮)  DMA Columbia University, 1993
IAS Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large
Ext : 5058
Tel : 2358-5058
Email : bsheng
Room No : IAS 5014


The MacArthur Fellow Bright Sheng was born on December 6th, 1955, in Shanghai, China, and moved to New York in 1982. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at University of Michigan.

Sheng has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz, David Robertson, David Zinman, Neeme Järvi, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Yo Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Emanuel Ax, Chao-Liang Lin, Yefim Bronfman, Evelyn Glennie, among others. He has been widely commissioned and performed by virtually all important musical institutions in North America, Europe and Asia, including the White House, the 2008 Beijing International Olympic Games, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra de Paris, BBC Symphony, Hamburg Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera.

Exclusively published by G. Schirmer Inc. in New York City, he can also be heard on Naxos, Sony Classical, Talarc, Delos, Koch International, New World labels and Grammofon AB BIS.

His music ranges from dramatic to lyrical and is strongly influenced by the folk and classical music tradition from eastern and central Asia. Since 2000, he has been studying and researching the music phenomenon of the Silk Road culture. And he also has served as the Artistic Advisor to Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project Inc.

As a conductor and pianist, he has performed with, in the U.S., the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, Dortmund Philharmonic in Germany, China National Symphony, among others; and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center.

Music Programs and Upcoming Workshops

Coordinated by Bright Sheng, our School will offer two music courses, namely “Enjoyment of Classical Music” and “Introduction to Music Composition” in coming academic year. The two courses will be taught by Professor Matthew Tommasini and Professor Ming-Hsiu Yen respectively.

A workshop entitled “International Composer/Performer Workshop (tentative)”, directed by Professor Sheng and hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Science, HKUST, will be held from 25 April to 8 May, 2011(tentative), at HKUST. Concerts will be held on campus every weekend within the two weeks and may be extended to other venues in Hong Kong.

The workshop will involve internationally renowned performers and composers to conduct rehearsals, concerts, discussion sessions with six upcoming young composers and approximately ten performers including a young ensemble such as a string quartet or piano trio.