Vice Premier Liu Yandong Attends the Opening Concert of the“China-US Composers Project”



Part ofa high-level cultural exchange between the U.S. and China, the “China-US Composers Project” is the result ofcollaboration between the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the American Composers’ Orchestra. Its initial concert was held on the evening of June 22, 2015 in Washington D.C., and was attended by important dignitaries from both countries, including Vice Premier Liu Yandong of China, and Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan of the United States, both of whom delivered remarks at the concert.

        Vice Premier Liu stressed that the promotion and development of people-to-people exchanges in the arts serves to build a deep foundation for the future relationship between China and the U.S. She also remarked that, as music knows no borders, it has a special role to play in China-U.S. relations. Liu concluded by predicting that during the course of the upcoming project, composers and performers from both countrieswill use their music to build a bridge for communication and mutual understanding.

        Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan explained that,while over the past year the U.S. has sent numerous musicians, dancers, writers, and students of music to China in order to participate in a wide variety of cultural exchange activities, such exchangesare not limited to those organized by the governments of both countries. Through the support of various private cultural institutions in both the U.S. and China, the people of both countries have arrived at a deeper mutual understanding, working towards establishing stable U.S.-China relations in the long term.

        Robert Beaser, chair of the composition department at the Juilliard School, and Xiaogang YE, Chairman of the Chinese Musicians Association and vice-president of the Central Conservatory of Music, alsospoke at the event. YE remarked, “Whether it has been in my capacity as a composer, an administrator, or the artistic advisor of the Beijing Modern Music Festival, I have always been looking for ways to encourage China and the rest of the world to listen to each other. At our festival in 2009, Professor Beaser and I decided that we must strive to provide a more international platform on which composers in our two countries, particularly young composers, might develop their artistic thoughts. There has never before been an artistic and cultural exchange project between China and the U.S. of this scope and ambition. Today, we finally lay the foundations for a bridge spanning the Pacific that will join together the worlds of Chinese and American music.”

        During the concert, the American Composers’ Orchestra performed works by four prominent Chinese and American composers: Xiaogang YE, Li Shaosheng, Robert Beaser, and Missy Mazzoli. Joining the orchestra were young soprano He Jialing and young cellist Zhu Danshen.

        The “China-US Composers Project”has been made possible by the support of numerous government bodies in China, and will run through 2017, including festivals, reading sessions, and concerts.

1. Vice Premier Liu Yandong speaks at the concert

2. Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan delivers remarks at the concert

3. Professor Xiaogang YE speaks at the opening concert

4. The performance

5. Renowned Chinese Violinist Zhu Dan performs “LamuraCuo”

6. Head of the Ministry of Education Yuan Guiren and Vice Premier Liu Yandong attend the concert

7. Esteemed guests from the U.S. and China attend the opening concert

8. Vice Premier Liu and Juilliard School composition department Chair Robert Beaser chat with Xiaogang YE

9. Professor YE introduces Vice Premier Liu to the Chinese Cultural Innovation Group

10. Xiaogang YE and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan

11. The Concert Program