Described as “absolutely beautiful” and “utterly satisfying” (Fanfare), Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian's works have been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and by leading chamber ensembles and soloists such as pianist Yuja Wang, violist Roberto Díaz, guitarist Jason Vieaux, the Eroica Trio, the Arditti, Dover, and Biava string quartets, Empire Brass, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, violinists Soovin Kim, Xi Chen, and Susie Park, flutist Jeffrey Khaner, and marimbist Pius Cheung. His music has been performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
His large-scale symphonic suite for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, “The Grand Canal,” was performed during a nationally televised celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. He has served as composer-in-residence with the Green Bay Symphony and Chicago's Music In the Loft Concert Series, and his works have been recorded on Naxos, Cedille, Innova, and Pacific records. Zhou holds music degrees from Curtis Institute (B.M.), Juilliard School (M.M.), and University of Southern California (D.M.A.), is a first-prize winner of 2009 Washington Intl. Composers Competition and held composition fellowships from Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival. His composition teachers have included Jennifer Higdon, Richard Danielpour, Christopher Rouse, Stephen Hartke, and Donald Crockett. He joined the music faculty at Colgate University in 2011. Visit www.ZhouTianMusic.com for more.