BIOGRAPHY

Chinese composer Weijun Chen's music presents itself with understated, yet deeply-felt elegance. "Unafraid to linger in intense expression" (CVNC), "highly polished" (MusicalAmerica), and "reflected fine command of orchestration and form" (The Aspen Times), Chen's music has been played by renowned ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Linea, the Mivos Quartet, the Momenta Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, and The Rhythm Method. In addition to the Jacob Druckman Prize from Aspen, Chen has received awards such as the American Prize and the I-Creation Mivos Prize, and was the runner-up in the Frank Robert Abell Competition and the Red Note Composition Competition. He has participated in numerous music festivals and residencies including the Aspen Music Festival (CO), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), Brush Creek (WY), Charlotte New Music (NC), Composition in Asia Festival (FL), Hambidge (GA), June in Buffalo (NY), MATA (NY), Mise-En Festival (NY), Nief-Norf (TN), Red Note Festival (IL), SCI National Conference (MI), USF New-Music (FL), and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Chen received his BM (highest distinction) in composition and theory from the Eastman School of Music, and his PhD (distinction) in composition from the University at Buffalo.