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

                - Brian Morton, The Wire (UK)                                                            More Reviews                                                                                   

Interview by Magnus Lindberg before the world premiere of "Verge" with the New York Philharmonic.                         

“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


"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

  • April 21, 2015: Houston, TX
    Five Seasons (string quartet and pipa), Wu Man, pipa, Shanghai Quartet, Da Camera, Asia Society Texas Center

  • April 30, 2015: Washington, DC
    Verge Quartet (string quartet), World Premiere, Shanghai Quartet, Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian

  • May 2, 2015: La Jolla, CA
    Hearing Landscapes (multimedia), Filmatic Festival, UC San Diego

  • May 7, 2015: Shanghai, China 
    Garden Eight (piano solo), Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Shanghai Oriental Art Center

  • May 12-17, 2015: Mexico City, Mexico
    Cuatro Corridos (chamber opera), Teatro de las Artes, Susan Narucki (soprano), Aleck Karis (piano), Pablo Gomez (guitar), Ayano Kataoka (percussion)