Fay Kueen (Fay Wang) composes for Bang on a Can


Fiscal Year:2012



Composer:Fay Kueen (Fay Wang)

Date:31 December 1969

Performer:Bang on a Can

Composer and performer Fay Wang’s work spans and draws on a variety of genres, including avant-garde concert music, theater, film, electronic music, Chinese folk music and indie pop. She is hailed as “rebellious” and “creative” by China Daily. Her music is described as “rambunctious and rocklike” by New York Times, and “mysterious”, “unusual”, “the great spirit and sense of rhythm” by European media.

Her works are performed across China, Europe and the United States, including venues such as Berliner Philharmonie, Lincoln Center, Arnold Schoenberg Center, Musikverein, Oper Graz, Merkin Hall, Joseph Haydn-Saal, Yun Isang Memorial Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts. Honors and awards include “China National Arts Fund” award, “Golden Bell” Award, “Governmental Award”, ASCAP Young Composer Award.

Wang has received numerous commissions from institutions including the BOAC’s People Commission Fund (Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music), Hopkins Center for Arts (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Classic Euro Young Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Dance Academy, and Yale Center Beijing. Wang has collaborated with many orchestras, ensembles and artists worldwide, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, the RIAS Youth Orchestra, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Dinosaur Annex, Shanghai Quartet, and Ensemble De Reihe.

Wang is one of the co-founders of New York based composer/performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy, and has served as co-producer and composer on the RiteNow project. Wang holds degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (BA ‘08) and the Yale School of Music (MM ‘10 / AD ’12) where she received the Ezra Laderman Prize and John Day Jackson Prize. She is a visiting professor at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Musikverlag Doblinger, Vienna publishes several of Wang’s pieces. Her music has been broadcast on China Central Television, Austrian National Broadcast and WQXR of New York.