Chen Yi Is One of 18 Leading Composers Commissioned by Seattle Symphony for Gerard Schwartz's Farewell Season


Conservatory professor and world-renowned composer Chen Yi has been commissioned to create a new work, along with 17 other leading American composers, as part of the Gund/Simonyi Farewell Commissions project by the Seattle Symphony. Eighteen American composers will compose new works for the 2010-11 season in honor of director Gerard Schwartz. All of the composers commissioned have had a long-standing relationship with Maestro Schwartz.

The group includes Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas, Joseph Schwantner, Aaron Jay Kernis, Daron Hagen, Samuel Jones, David Stock, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Bright Sheng, Daniel Brewbaker, Ellen Taafe Zwillich, Robert Beaser, George Tsontakis, David Schiff, Richard Danielpour, Paul Schoenfield and Philip Glass.

Chen Yi has been a Seattle Symphony Music Alive Composer in Residence, a residency program of the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer. Chen Yi, David Stock, Samuel Jones and Bright Sheng presented world premieres in honor of Seattle Symphony’s Centennial season in 2003–2004.

Chen Yi's world premiere is March 24, 2011 and includes the Hovhaness Festival with cellist Lynn Harrell.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949