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"She knows how to take a few notes and spin them into a large form – a rare trait intoday’s composers." That's composer John Corigliano's description of WANG JIE, who is garnering notice as one of the most distinctive musical voices ofher generation.

Born in Shanghai shortly after the Culture Revolution, Ms. Wang was raised during an era of breathtaking economic expansion. She was a known piano prodigy by the age of five. A scholarship from Manhattan School of Music brought her to the US where she began her composition studies under the tutelage of Nils Vigeland andRichard Danielpour.

While still astudent, her tragic opera NANNAN was showcased by New York City Opera's annual VOX festival. This led to the production of her chamber opera FLOWN, a meditation on lovers who must separate, by Music-Theatre Group. The Emily Dickenson inspired song cycle I DIED FOR BEAUTY was featured at the opening ceremony of Beijing Modern Music Festival. Her piano trio SHADOW dramatizes theinner life of an autistic child. It was featured by the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Museum of Modern Art and was subsequently presented by Continuum at MerkinHall’s “China in America”.

The Fall of 2010 has been particularly fruitful. Having won the coveted Underwood Commission, her multi-media concert opera "From the Other Sky" was the centerpiece of the American Composers Orchestra's season opening concert at Carnegie Hall. Two weeks later, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Osmo Vanska, performed her "Symphony No.1" as part of "Future Classics" series. Ms Wang quickly returned to the drawing board to compose a new song cycle for the 45th anniversary celebration of Continuum at Merkin Hall.

Critical responsehas been immediate and highly enthusiastic. The New York Times described "From the Other Sky" as "clear, lucid and evocative", and Classicalsource.com thought it to be "far more fun than one is supposed to have at a concert of ‘serious’ music". Minnesota's Pioneer Press claims that "Symphony No. 1" is "self-assured" and "fascinating." Previous reviewers have cited her music as "introspective" (The New York Times) and "scrupulously craftedcomposition that embraces both Chinese and Western modern classical expression" (Pittsburgh Times Review).

The Milton Rock Fellowship committee awarded her its inaugural prize, commissioning an environmentally aware ballet, FIVE PHASES OF SPRING, which highlighted theseason of Philadelphia's esteemed Rock School for Dance Education. Her DEATH OF SOCRATES won the 4th edition Northridge Composition Prize. She was named a Schumann fellow at the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with Christopher Rouse and Marc-Andre Dalbavie in the Master Class program, and she earned an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute with Richard Danielpour. Other honorsinclude multiple ASCAP awards, and citations from BMI, Opera America, American Music Center and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Ms. Wang is self-published through ASCAP. She lives in New York. Aside from composing, she is a semi-pro badminton player, a self-taught chef, a photographer, and plays softball on a team in Central Park.

Visit Wang Jie’swebsite: www.wangjiemusic.com
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