One of the most exciting voices in New Music... Liang is an important musical philosopher, coming into mature expression.

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Image by Ligia Bouton

The world premiere of Inheritance, a new chamber opera by Lei Liang, was described as "unusually powerful" (New Music Box), "groundbreaking," "unique and compelling" (San Diego Union Tribune)

Inheritance revolves around the bizarre life of Sarah Winchester, the eccentric widow and heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. According to popular belief, Winchester imprisoned herself in her labyrinth-like home to seek refuge from the spirits of those killed by the same weapons whose manufacture and sale gave her a life of indescribable wealth. With music by composer Lei Liang and libretto by poet Matt Donovan, Inheritance juxtaposes elements of Winchester’s biography with contemporary events in a work that explores America’s deeply complex relationship with guns. Produced by Susan Narucki, the world premiere performances of Inheritance are led by conductor Steven Schick with direction by Cara Consilvio and production design is by visual artist Ligia Bouton. Susan Narucki creates the title role of Sarah Winchester.
 Watch a short trailer, or read more about the opera here.

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“A highlight [of New York Philharmonic's Contact!] was Lei Liang's 'Verge' for 18 strings. With musicians divided into four sections arranged spatially across the stage, Liang builds on the concept of lines converging and diverging across several sections.” 
-Brian Wise, The Strad

  • November 12-13, 2019: Guangzhou, China
    Residency at the Chou Wen-chung Center at Xinghai Conservatory

  • November 15, 2019: Beijing, China
    Lecture at the Chinese Conservatory of Music

  • November 18, 2019: Tianjin, China
    Lecture at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music

  • November 26, 2019: Cambridge, MA
    Lakescape (trio), Longy New Music Ensemble, Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music

  • January 16, 2020: Hong Kong, China
    World premiere of déjà vu for Cho-liang Lin (violin) and Zhe Lin (percussion) , Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

  • March 19, 2020: Greenville, North Carolina
    World premiere of new work commissioned by North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, East Carolina University


"The performances are, without exception, stellar. But they’d have to be: Lei Liang’s scores seem to demand one delicately constructed dramatic gesture after another. Stephen Drury’s Callithumpian Consort scintillates in the brilliantly colored Aural Hypothesis for small ensemble, and Five Seasons stars Wu Man, rockstar of the lute-like Chinese pipa, alongside the Shanghai Quartet. Passionately, but precisely, these interpreters make a powerful case for Lei Liang as a composer with the ears and the ingenuity to construct a boundless, and boundlessly thrilling, new music.”

     - Daniel Stephen Johnson, New York Public Radio WQXR Q2, Music Album of the Week (Dec. 24, 2012)

Lei Liang presently enjoys a growing reputation as one of the country’s most energizing young composers.

     - David Denton, David’s Review Corner

Lei Liang’s Verge is a gripping and engaging work for 18 solo strings, which are taken full advantage of in their timbre and potential for sound. The music here stands out among many new records for its vitality and directness… 

     -George Adams, American Record Guide, May 2013