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

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FEATURED WORK: Verge
“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




  • August 14, 2018: La Jolla, CA 
    vis-à-vis (pipa and percussion), WORLD PREMIERE, Wu Man (pipa) and Steven Schick (percussion), commissioned by the La Jolla Festival, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, University of California, San Diego
  • September 2, 2018: Blue Hill, ME 
    Song Recollections (string quartet), Formosa Quartet, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival

  • September 6-7, 2018: Greenville, NC 
    Residency at East Carolina University

  • October 24-28, 2018: La Jolla, CA 
    Inheritance (chamber opera), WORLD PREMIERE, Experimental Theater, University of California, San Diego

  • November 27-30, 2018: Guangzhou, China
    Residency at Chou Wen-chung Music Center at Xinghai Conservatory of Music

  • November 27, 2018: Guangzhou, China
    Gobi Gloria (string quartet), Brentano Quartet, Chou Wen-chung Music Center, Xinghai Conservatory of Music

  • December 3, 2018: Vancouver, Canada
    Feng (cello solo), Yijia Fang, cello, Roy Barnett Recital Hall, University of British Columbia School of Music, University of British Columbia




Verge

"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