-- Robert Beaser, Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra
"...Noir by Chinese-born composer Fang Man. Her well-crafted score, receiving its U.S. premiere in this concert, is launched by deep rumblings in the orchestra, later punctuated by jazzy flashes of brass and percussion, and finally brought to a galloping, thunderous close. It all added up last night to a concise, involving little drama in a spicy harmonic language that seemed to keep the players thoroughly involved."
"Mandy has a strong musical voice with a lot to say in the future."
|George Crumb proclaimed her music "to be quite sophisticated technically and with pronounced qualities of originality and imagination."|
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FOCUS Festival 2010
Schedule details and repertoire
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Hailed as “innovative and breathtaking” by New York Times critic, Steven Smith Fang Man (Dr. Mandy Fang) is an accomplished composer who brings her talents to BW as the new composer-in-residence. A native of China, she is an inspired composer whose work has been performed worldwide by prestigious orchestras and ensembles. Her music is captivating, energetic and powerful and reflects her passion for creating original work. As an artist, she strives to create pieces that are sincere in self-expression and touch upon the human soul in deep and meaningful ways. She has received numerous fellowships and awards for her work and has been commissioned by organizations around the world.
World renowned musician
Fang Man's original concert music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra New Music Group under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National de Lorraine (France), Minnesota Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Music from China, among others.
Fang Man is the recipient of a Los Angeles Philharmonic Association commission, an Underwood/ACO New Music commission, Toru Takemitsu Award (Japan), Dolce Suono Ensemble Mahler-Schoenberg Project commission, Asian Young Composers commission (Taiwan), Bank of America commission, the Darmstadt Stipend-Prize-Award,SACEM Scholarship (France), Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship, Centre Acanthes Bursary Award, Music from China Award, Olin and Sage Fellowships (Cornell University), Cecil Effinger Fellowships (University of Colorado Boulder), AMC Composers Assistant Grant, ASCAPlus Award, among others. Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Espace de Projection of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), Friedberg Concert Hall (Baltimore), Miller Theater of Columbia University (New York), Bank of America Tower (Seattle), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), Beijing Concert Hall, etc. She has been invited to new music festivals such as the Festival Présences of Radio France, Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music (Germany), Centre Acanthes (Avignon and Metz, France), Festival Blurred Edges (Hamburg, Germany), Global Ear Festival (Dresden, Germany), Sinus~Ton Festival (Magdeburg, Germany), the Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz, USA), Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, USA), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), June in Buffalo (Buffalo, USA), and Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA) among others. She has been invited as a resident composer at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida as well as at the Aldeburgh Music Centre in the UK.
Educated by masters
Her primary teachers include Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra, at Cornell University, where she obtained the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in 2006 and the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in 2010. She was chosen to participate in the one-year Computer Music and Composition courses at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou between 2006 and 2007, where she studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Mauro Lanza, Mikhail Malt, Yan Marez, and Tristan Murail. She has also studied with Richard Toensing and Michael Theodore at the University of Colorado at Boulder between 2000 and 2002. Before she moved to the United States in 2000, she obtained the Bachelor of Music degree from Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing where she studied with Du Ming-Xin and Ye Xiao-Gang.
Bringing talent to BW
In 2010, Fang Man was appointed Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. She will also be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University in the fall of 2010, where she will teach a graduate seminar on the music of Toru Takemitsu and Witold Lutoslawski . She is a member of the ASCAP and the American Music Center, and a recipient of the ASCAPlus Awards and AMC's Composer Assistant Program Awards.
The Baldwin Wallace University FOCUS Contemporary Music Festival was established in 1984 as a complement to the annual Bach Festival. Its purpose is to promote art music of our time. During the past fifteen years FOCUS festivals have presented such celebrated composers as Chen Yi, William Bolcom, Loris Chobanian, John Corigliano, Lukas Foss, Karel Husa, Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gunther Schuller and Joseph Schwantner to the music community of Northeast Ohio. Join us this year for the exciting works and performance of Mandy Fang.
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FOCUS Festival Schedule and repertoire