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World Premiere of Tan Dun’s landmark new work Buddha Passion presented at Dresden Music Festival on May 23rd, 2018.

On May 23rd, Tan Dun will conduct the world premiere of his landmark new work - Buddha Passion (Opera in Six Acts) at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele at Kulturpalast Dresden in Dresden, Germany. Commissioned jointly by the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the piece promises to “takes your breath away” (Dresden Music Festival). This monumental work, sung in Chinese and Sanskrit, is scored for seven soloists, choir and orchestra...

Suntory Hall: Tan Dun conducts the New Japan Philharmonic in the Japan premiere of his Earth Concerto

On March 17th, 2018 Tan Dun will conduct the New Japan Philharmonic in his Organic Music Trilogy at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The concert will also feature the Japan premiere of his Earth Concerto for ceramic instruments and orchestra alongside his Paper Concerto and Water Concerto. On Earth Concerto, Tan Dun states “I am always in belief that earth, like all other natural elements, holds deep a spirit, speaking with a language all their own,...

Washington D.C: Tan Dun celebrates the Lunar New Year with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

On Feb 15th, 2018, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts featured renowned Chinese conductor and composer Tan Dun as the highlight of their three-year Lunar New Year celebration. Tan Dun conducted the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular program. The performance was bookended by two of Igor Stravinsky’s works, opening with Feu d’artifice Op. 4 (Fireworks) and closing with Firebird Suite. The Washington Classical Review, stated that the “first, a colorful and precise read...

London: Tan Dun reunites with the London Symphony Orchestra in an “imaginative” evening

Tan Dun led the London Symphony Orchestra and the award-winning China Trio in the UK premiere of his Martial Arts Trilogy (2011) at the Barbican Centre on Nov. 30th, 2017. Financial Times critic, Richard Fairman, describes the Martial Arts Trilogy concert event as a “success” and the music “varied and imaginative”, stating that the “epic quality and fantasy are clear enough”. Adapted for the concert hall by Tan Dun from his three epic Chinese film scores...