Tan Dun | Acclaim
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Critical Acclaim


Over the past half-dozen years, Tan Dun has become this planet’s local composer /conductor. Born in China, finished in New York and now in constant intercontinental motion, Tan has made it his project to flavor the musical traditions of East Asia and central Europe with each other’s ingredients, presenting the result with a theatrical flourish.

- Newsday, 2002

He is a composer of opposites: East and West, Buddhism and Christianity, ritual and avant-garde, pop and classical. In his earlier music, Tan makes old instruments sound new and new instruments sound old.

- The Oregonian, 2002

What Tan Dun composes is “world music”, music that brings together everything that you had always wanted to hear. The composer Tan Dun is therefore a citizen of the world, a man who can blend all styles.

- NRC Handelsblad, 2003

Near the end of the 19th century, it was fashionable to write works that found their roots in the Chinese or Japanese worlds. Giacomo Puccini with “Madame Butterfly”or “Turandot,” Pietro Mascagni with “Iris,” or Camille Saint-Saens with “La Princesse jaune” … have each, with his own specific talent and style, used their work to create bridges between their culture and our own. Today, it is the music of Tan Dun that allows us to maintain the cultural comparison. Tan Dun is the 21st century Puccini.

- Forum Opéra, 2004

Theatrical (and) ritualistic, Tan Dun’s music sculpts sound and transforms everything into a riveting experience that is hard to define but very easy to appreciate.

- Los Angeles Times, 1998