Gusu melody capriccio (NZTrio commission, premiered March 2009) – 10′
Musheng Chen was born in the province of Zhejiang in south-east China. Today he is considered one of the most remarkable Chinese composers of his generation.
From 1993 to 1998 he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory, with Chinese masters Chen Ming-zhi (fugue), Yang li-qing (orchestration), and Zhao Xiao-Sheng (composition). A couple of years later, he furthered his composition studies under the tutelage of Eric Gaudibert at the Conservatory of Geneva, as well as attending a master class held by Klaus Huber in Lugano. From 2004 to 2005 he lived in Paris as a composer in residence at the Cité International des Arts.
Since the premiere of his concert-portrait “Ch´an (Suite) ” took place at the Radio DRS2 in January 2002 in Bern, the music of Musheng gained a considerable public audience. His works have been performed at several festivals and concerts throughout Europe and Asia. Future commissions include: a chamber composition by Berlin Philharmonic, a flute concerto for Maestro P-Y Artaud by the French State, a new opera San Qi Ju (libretto by Christopher Park), and an orchestra piece for Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra.
He has received numerous international prizes and awards including: first honorary mention form the Accademia Costantiniana in Roma, first Grand prize of the Concours Dutilleux, first Grand prize form the Academie de Lutèce in Paris,. He’s also winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, the Amsterdam Nieuw Ensemble Chinese Composer competition, the Young Artiste Award (Geneva), and Patino Foundation. Musheng is a member of the Swiss Musician Association (ASM) and SUISA and is currently teaching at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.