Chamber

Internal Monologue

for violin and piano

2020 January 

Duration 7'

performers

violinist Joesph Gray & pianist Coco Chen

Foul Murder

for violin and piano

2019 March

Duration 3'40''

dedicated to

violinist Joesph Gray & pianist Coco Chen

Piano Trio No.1 

for piano, violin, cello

2019 February

Duration 6'50''

1984 

for string quartet

2018 February

Duration 16‘

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Performers: 

Kaiyuan Wu & Kexin Ye, violin

Victor, viola

cello, Chiyuan Ma

Date: 4/10/18

San Francisco Conservatory of Music 

Program Notes

1984 

for string quartet

 

I.

II.

III.

 

The book 1984(Nineteen Eighty-Four), was written by George Orwell, which describes a dystopian society. He wrote this book twenty years before the year 1984 to predict the dark future like. The novel is set in Airstrip One, whose residents are victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. A mysterious leader known as Big Brother, who enjoys an intense cult of personality, ostensibly oversees the tyranny. The people, who live in there, they can’t have their own thoughts and they can’t fall in love freely just like the main character Winston can’t expose the love that he and Julia have. I wrote this piece to remind people the fact that there are still people suffering from this kind of thought-tyranny around the world. The three movements are like three chapters that follow the story. I didn’t name every movement, but you can guess what they are telling about.

Black Waltz 

for Large Chamber ensemble

2017 October

Duration 5'20''

premiere on Nov. 30 at SFCM

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Performers: 

Kathleen Shin, flute 

Rebecca Shaw, oboe

Cristian Barazal, Clarinet 

Kyle Sneden, bassoon

Caitlyn Smith, horn 

Christopher Whitley, violin I 

Wilton Huang, violin II 

Ivo Bokulić, viola 

Abigail Monroe, cello 

Miles Tsue, contrabass 

Michael Kiely, percussion 

Colin Martin, piano 

Conductor: Maestro Eric Dudley 

Date: 11/30/17

San Francisco Conservatory of Music 

Expansion

for percussion quartet

2017 October

Duration 4'20''

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Performers:

Diego Becerra, Ryan Fox, Alex Chen, Michael Kiely percussion

Date: April 10th, 2018

Location: San Francisco conservatory of music

Broken silk strings (for L'histoire septet new music ensemble)

2017 Feb.

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Conductor: Yang Chunzi Duan

Performers: Wenqian Li, violin

Te-Hsin Kung, double bass

Ivan Ferguson, clarinet

Jamael Smith, bassoon

Robert Giambruno, trumpet

Jason Hebert, trombone

Diego Bercerra, percussion

Date: April 10th, 2018

Location: San Francisco conservatory of music

Program Notes

Broken Silk Strings

 

This piece is written for L’historie septet which is a small chamber ensemble with violin, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, doublebass, and one percussion. Igor Stravinsky introduced this instrumentation in his composition L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale). 

The piece is about an ancient Chinese story, which talks about two people who are confidants in music. One them, Boya, plays the Qin, a seven-stringed Chinese instrument.  The other is Ziqi, his best friend, who understands his playing and what he means to express. When Ziqi dies, Boya thinks there is no one who can understand his music; he breaks his valuable Qin and never plays again. Therefore, Boya broke his valuable Qin and never played the Qin again in the rest of his life. I wrote this piece to convey the pure friendship between them.

Conductor: Edward Hong

Performers: Clare Amenante, violin

Miles Tsue, bass

Kevin Xu, clarinet

Jamael Smith, bassoon

Matthew Depasquale, trumpet

Nikki Hillis, trombone

Diego Becerra, percussion

Date: March 2, 2017

Location: San Francisco conservatory of music

Undercurrent (for string orchestra)

2016 Oct.

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Performers: San Francisco Conservatory of Music string orchestra

Conductor: Professor Jacques Desjardins

Date: November 11, 2016

Location: San Francisco conservatory of music

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