In conjunction with the exhibition Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves, Musiqa proudly presents a special virtual concert inspired by the work of Elizabeth Murray and Jessi Reaves. The program will include new works for string quartets, commissioned by Musiqa and composed by Musiqa’s 2020 Emerging Composer Fellow Nicky Sohn and 2020 Emerging Composer Competition winner Tianyi Wang.
About Nicky Sohn
From ballet to opera to Korean traditional-orchestra, the wide-ranging talent of composer Nicky Sohn is sought after across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Characterized by her jazz-inspired, rhythmically driven themes, Sohn’s work has been described as “like John Adams’ ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ on steroids” (YourObserver), “dynamic and full of vitality” (The Korea Defense Daily), and having “elegant wonder” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). As a result, Sohn has enjoyed commissions from the world’s preeminent performing arts institutions, including sold-out performances at the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, The National Orchestra of Korea, the New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet, and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sohn’s music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä, Grammy-winning soprano Jessica Rivera at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy, and Misato Hanawa at Tokyo City Opera. She was recently commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s to write a new orchestral work scheduled to be premiered in 2021. Her music has been featured at renowned music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, Ars Nova with Unsuk Chin and the Seoul Philharmonic, and Chelsea Music Festival with Ken-David Masur, among others.
Nicky Sohn is currently pursuing a fully-funded doctoral degree at The Shepherd School of Music of Rice University and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music. She is grateful to her pedagogues, which include Robert Beaser, Anthony Brandt, Chris Theofanidis, and Richard Danielpour.
About Tianyi Wang
Born in China, Tianyi Wang is an award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist, whose music vocabulary is diverse and much inspired by subjects beyond music. Tianyi’s repertoire spans over solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, electronic, as well as film scoring, his works have been performed both nationally and internationally, including Darmstader Ferienkurse (Germany), impuls Festival (Austria), Festival Mixtur (Spain), CEME (Israel), iNEnesemble (Russia), Audiograft Festival (UK), Ashmolean Museum (UK), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, MISE-EN New Music Festival, Boston New Music Initiative, New Music on the Bayou, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Electronic Music Midwest, Kaleidoscope MusArt, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, UPS Piano Trio, Collage New Music Composer Colloquium, One Quiet Plunge, Hawaii Public Radio, Et Lux Radio, NACUSA, and SCI Regional and National Conferences. Mr. Wang is a National Finalist of the 2019 American Prize, an Honorable Mention of the 2019 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and a semifinalist of the Symphony Number One Call for Score 4. He is the winner of the 2018-19 NEC Honors Composition Competition, 2016 Sanya International Choral Festival (China), and a recipient of China National Arts Fund. Tianyi is a member of Millennium Composers Initiative. His music has been released by ABLAZE and NAVONA.
Besides being a composer, Tianyi Wang’s outstanding piano skill won him the 2012 William Jewell Artist Competition and led to his concerto debut with Liberty Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Tianyi Wang collaborated with London Symphony Orchestra in a recording production at Abbey Road Studio, London. In 2015, he founded and directed Qinyin Chamber Ensemble and led public performances throughout the city of Changchun, China. Tianyi’s research paper on Xibo music was featured at the 31st International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Tianyi has studied at William Jewell College (B.S. Composition, Mathematics; summa cum laude; Honor Graduate), Moscow Conservatory, Longy School of Music of Bard College (M.M. Composition), and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is continuing his musical journey as a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at New England Conservatory of Music.
Winner of the 2013 and 2016 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, Musiqa is a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. Founded in 2002 and led by four composers, Musiqa aims to enrich and inspire the community through programs that integrate contemporary music with other art forms. Musiqa celebrates the creative arts through interdisciplinary concerts that highlight contemporary music and its connections to literature, film, dance, art, and more. With its innovative collaborations and educational programming, Musiqa strives to make their repertoire accessible and vital to audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.