Dai Wei Graduate Student: Composition

DAI WEI is a composer and vocalist whose musical journey navigates in the spaces between east and west,
classical and pop, electronic and acoustic, innovation and tradition. She often draws from eastern philosophy and aesthetics to create works with contemporary resonance, and reflects an introspection on how
these multidimensional conflicts and tension can create and inhabit worlds of their own. Being an experimental vocalist, she performs herself as a Khoomei throat singer in her recent compositions,
through which are filtered by different experiences and backgrounds as a calling that transcends genres,
races, and labels. She was recently featured in The Washington Post’s “22 for 22’: Composers and Performers to Watch this year.”

Described as “impassioned” by The New York Times, “with a striking humanity” by The Washington Post, and “incredibly creative and dynamic” by the Utah Symphony Orchestra, her music has received commissions and performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Bang on a Can, and Aizuri String Quartet. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Fellow.

Artist Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music
Master of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bachelor of Arts, Xinghai Conservatory of Music.
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