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Shuying Li

Artistic Director; Composer

Shuying Li

A believer that music has the innate power to promote cultural diversity by connecting people through universally human passions and values, Shuying Li’s compositions have been performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sounds Ensemble, American Lyric Theater, Argus Quartet, Four Corners Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Hartford Opera Theater, Donald Sinta Quartet, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), among others. Shuying has received awards or grants from OPERA America, China National Arts Fund, ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, The American Prize, International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition, New Jersey Composers’ Guild Commission Competition, International Huang Zi Composition Competition, the Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Competition, Melta International Composition Competition, etc.

Originally from China, Shuying holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Hartt School. She is the Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Gonzaga University, as well as the founder and artistic director of the contemporary ensemble and non-profit organization, Four Corners Ensemble. Shuying’s upcoming projects include performances by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Moscow Contemporary Ensemble (Russia), Women’s Wind Ensemble; an opera commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with librettist Julian Crouch in development with the Houston Grand Opera; as well as a band consortium commission by 20 universities including the Hartt School, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Cornell University, and University of Illinois, etc. For more information, please visit

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