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

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

  • March 6, 2020: Jacksonville, Florida
    Will you come to my dream? (piano four-hand), ZOFOMOMA, Friday Musicale

  • March 11, 2020: New York, NY
    My Windows(piano solo), Han Chen, piano, City University of New York, Graduate Center 

  • March 20, 2020: Greenville, North Carolina
    World premiere of new work commissioned by North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, East Carolina University

  • April 13-16, 2020: Louisville, Kentucky
    Residency at the University of Louisville

  • 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

  • July 12, 2020: Putney, VT
    Trans (for percussions and audience), Eduardo Leandro, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Big Barn

  • July 16, 2020: Torrance, CA
    Will you come to my dream? (piano four-hand), ZOFOMOMA, El Camino College Center for the Arts

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

  • Dec 1, 2020: Los Angeles, CA
    My Windows (piano solo), Gloria Cheng, Piano Spheres 

  • January 7, 2021: Philadelphia, PA
    World premiere of new work for Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) and Wu Man (pipa
    ) co-commissioned by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

  • January 10, 2021: Schenectady, NY
    new work for Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) and Wu Man (pipa
    co-commissioned by Capital Region Classical

  • January 11, 2021: New York, NY
    new work for Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) and Wu Man (pipa
    ), Lincoln Center 

  • March 20, 2021: Boston, MA
    new work for Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) and Wu Man (pipa
    co-commissioned by Foundation of Chinese Performing Arts

  • Summer 2021: Rockport, MA
    new work for Hsin-Yun Huang (viola) and Wu Man (pipa) co-commissioned by Rockport Chamber Music 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