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

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Lei Liang

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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. Inheritance juxtaposes elements of Winchester’s biography with contemporary events in a work that explores America’s deeply complex relationship with guns.
Watch a short trailer, or read more about the opera here.

Photo credit Alex Matthews
Photo by Alex Matthews
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The New York Times 



“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

  • January 14, 2020: Hong Kong, China
    Lecture at Hong Kong Baptist University 

  • January 15, 2020: Hong Kong, China
    Lecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • January 16, 2020: Hong Kong, China
    World premiere of déjà vu for Cho-liang Lin (violin) and Zhe Lin (percussion) , Beare's Premiere Music Festival 2020 (formerly Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival), Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

  • February 2, 2020: Albuquerque, NM
    Trio (cello, piano and percussion), Las Puertas

  • February 3, 2020: Albuquerque, NM
    World premiere of Lakescape VIII (flute and percussion), Wave Dash, John Donald Robb Composers' SymposiumUniversity of New Mexico

  • February 16, 2020: Taipei, Taiwan
    The moon is following us (piano solo), Stanley Wong, Rhythm Alley Recital Hall

  • February 19, 2020: La Jolla, CA
    Trans (for percussion and audience), red fish blue fish, University of California, San Diego

  • March 3, 2020: Washington, DC
    Garden Eight (for piano solo)Ellen Hwangbo, piano, Constellations Chamber Music

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

  • June 7-12, 2020: Vienna, Austria
    Faculty Composer, Vienna Summer Music Festival

  • June 15-16, 2020: Guangzhou, China
    Residency at the Chou Wen-chung Center at Xinghai Conservatory

  • August 9-16, 2020: Boston, MA
    Faculty Composer, Universal Artists Festival


"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