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Qin, Wenchen


Wenchen Qin studied at the composition at the Conservatory in Shanghai with Xu Shuya and Zhu Jianer beginning in 1987. After completing his studies in 1992 he taught at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. A stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) enabled him to study with Nicolaus A. Huber in 1998, and three years later he received his diploma with honours from the Folkwang Academy in Essen. He has been teaching again at the Central Conservatory in Beijing since September 2001.

Qin works with excellent ensembles such as the Ensemble Recherche, L’Ensemble Itinéraire, Ensemble Europa Antidogma, Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra, the RSO Berlin und the Ensemble of Line. Organisers have been the NDR, WDR, BR, Radio France as well as festivals such as the New Music Biennale in Hanover, the Holland Festival, the Transatlantic Festival and the Chinese-Japanese Music Festival.

Qin is one of the most important composers of his generation. With the partial inclusion of traditional Chinese instruments, he creates an individual bridge between Chinese tradition and Western avant-garde. His musical language combines subtle, intensive and differentiated sounds with exciting courses of development.