Song Yang | Photo: Song Yang
Song Yang, born in Inner Mongolia, received a Bachelor in Musicology from Inner Mongolia University in 2009, and a Master in Composition Theory from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2012. She began to study composition at the age of twenty-seven and is currently a doctoral student of composition at the Central Conservatory of Music and a student preparing for the Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She was awarded the China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship in 2015 and the Fu Chengxian Memorial Scholarship in 2016. In 2015 she received a commission from the Young Artist Project of the China Art Foundation and the music theatre commission of Shanghai International Art Festival, and in 2017 from the American Juilliard School Focus Festival. She was awarded the Third Prize at the 2017 Vareler Kompositionspreis in Germany, First Prize at the 2015 Singapore Ding Yi Music Company’s (DYMC) Composition Prize and First Prize at the 2nd Voice of China Composition Competition. In 2015 she received a commission for an orchestral composition from the Young Creative Artist Funded Project of the China National Art Foundation. Her work includes orchestral music, chamber music, electronic music, dance and dramatic music, and has been performed at Shanghai International Art Festival (2017), the Kammermusiktage am Vareler Hafen (2017), the KISD parcours Cologne (2017), the New Music Week of Shanghai Conservatory of Music (2016), the Ferneyhough’s Composition Workshop (2016), the Darmstadt 48th Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik (2015), the Beijing Modern Music Festival (2015) and other venues. Song Yang has worked with the Berlin Kairos-Quartett, Ensemble hand werk, the Con Tempo Ensemble Beijing, the Israel Contemporary Players and the Dutch Nieuw Ensemble.
“Thawing” for guzheng, violin, viola, cello and double bass
Photo: Song Yang
Jump into the cold water
With blue lips trying to get some air
Swimming back to the safe beach
There, near the fireplace’s warm flames
Getting as a gift a new life...
The sound of the piece should be “dry” and “crystal-clear”. The musicians should therefore try to play each note in such a manner.