Composition Faculty Zhou Long Named UMKC Distinguished Professor


UMKC composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera, Madame White Snake, has become the first UMKC faculty member designated as UMKC Distinguished Professor.

The special designation of UMKC Distinguished Professor honors a non-tenure track faculty member for extraordinary achievements during a career OR for those who have received special distinction from a national or international award (e.g. Pulitzer, Nobel, MacArthur Foundation, National Medal of Science, etc.).

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Dr. Zhou has received fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations in addition to recording grants from the Cary Trust and the Copland Fund for Music. His awards include Masterprize and the CalArts/Alpert Award, and winning the Barlow International Competition, with a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Dr. Zhou has been a two-time recipient of commissions from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Among the ensembles commissioning works from him are the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Brooklyn and Tokyo Philharmonics, the New Music Consort, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Kronos, Shanghai, Ciompi, and Chester string quartets, and Chanticleer.

Dean Peter Witte, who nominated Zhou Long for the Distinguished Professorship, wrote, “Dr. Zhou’s Pulitzer Prize brings international acclaim to the University of Missouri System and to UMKC as a center for artistic expression at the highest levels. The first Chinese-American to win the Pulitzer Prize, Zhou Long’s achievement places him along with Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Reich, John Adams, John Corigliano, Shulamit Ran, and Kansas City’s first Pulitzer Prize winner, Virgil Thomson, as a voice of his generation.”

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