Tan Dun, a Columbia graduate, has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. Tan Dun has led the world’s most esteemed orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonica della Scala, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and has recently been named Honorary Chair of the Carnegie Hall China Advisory Council.
Tan has been awarded the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award, Grawemeyer Award for classical composition, Musical America’s Composer of The Year, Bach Prize of the city of Hamburg and Moscow’s Shostakovich Award etc., his music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on the radio and television.
Tan Dun selected harp as the solo instrument for the piece, because of "its beautiful feminine sounds” and distinctive physical shape – similar to one of the ancient Nu Shu characters. Merging these elements together, Tan Dun has created a new musical form from the Nu Shu tradition. Tan Dun will be joined by the solo harpist of the piece, Elizabeth Hainen in this evening conversation moderated by Ken Smith.
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Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, a dramatic multimedia concerto for orchestra and solo harp written by world renowned composer and conductor Tan Dun will open the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra 2015/16 season on September 4 & 5 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.