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Paul Hindemith Prize 2012 for Li Bo and World Premiere of an Ensemble Piece

The Chinese composer Li Bo was awarded the Paul Hindemith Prize 2012 during the course of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival on 12 August 2012 in the presence of Prof. Rolf Beck, Artistic Director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Anke Spoorendonk, Minister of Justice, Culture and Europe of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Culture Senator of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The Paul Hindemith Prize was offered as an award in 2012 through a competition. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, the Hindemith Foundation and the NDR series "das neue werk," the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival announced the Chinese-German composition competition “ConTempo.” With the winner of the first prize – Li Bo, born in 1988 in the province of Jilin – the jury simultaneously named the prize winner of the Paul Hindemith Prize 2012.

Li Bo was born in 1988 in the province of Jilin and began studying piano and composition early on. He has been a composition student in the class of Tang Jian-Ping at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing since 2007. His attendance at a series of master classes at home and abroad helped lend the work of Li Bo a greater stylistic breadth. Besides this, his production is noted for working with a variety of timbres as well as clear musical structures. Alongside music for chamber ensembles, Li's better-known compositions include those which are also written for traditional Chinese instruments, e.g. “Dream” for guzheng, “Memory of Snow” for sheng and Chinese orchestra as well as "The Leaves" for erhu and piano.

Li Bo's work premiered on 12 August 2012 in Hamburg, entitled “Moonlight – City Wall – Prose Poem – Chamber Music” for 11 instruments, is being issued as a printed edition by our publishing house.


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