Tan Dun receives the Hamburg Bach Prize

Chinese composer Tan Dun received last Saturday 18 August at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg Bach Prize 2011 awarded by the city of Hamburg every four years to an outstanding composer of our time”. The award is endowed with 10.000 euros and was granted, among other great works he has composed, por su Water Passion after St. It based on Matthew Passion St Matthew J. S. Bach.
In the above Bach Awards are Paul Hindemith (1951), Ernst Krenek (1966), György Ligeti (1975), Alfred Schnittke (1992) Y, in last edition, Sofia Gubaidulina (2007).
In addition two separate awards were granted 5.000 two young composers euros linked to the city of Hamburg: Leopold Hurt (Regensburg, Germany, 1979) y Shen Ye (1977).
Tan Dun:
Tan Dun was born in the village of Simaonae, Changsha in Hunan province of China. As a child he was fascinated by the role of the shaman of his people, He is carrying out rituals and ceremonies, often with music made with unusual objects, such as rocks and water. But nevertheless, as a child in the middle of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, such practices found “you retrogressive” frowned and was sent to work as a rice planter in a commune government.
But this does not stop his love of music. He created his own musical group, formed by the peasants of the village playing all they could, even using pots and pans. It was thanks to these peasants as he became interested in playing traditional string instruments China.
Thanks to the contract that made him a traveling musical company, He got out of the commune in which he lived. From there he could access the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and studied with musicians like Toru Takemitsu, which strongly he influenced his musicality and sense of musical style.
In the eighties he moved to New York City as a PhD student at the University of Columbia, studied composition with Wen-Chung Chou, who was a student and assistant composer Edgard Varèse. That's where Tan discovered experimental musicians such as Philip Glass, John Cage, Meredith Monk, y Steve Reich. He was gradually incorporating all these influences in his style of composition.
Tan Dun is widely known for using untraditional instruments in their compositions. Su pieza Water Passion After St. Matthew uses water as containers amplified traditional percussion. It is also recognized by applying multimedia elements to their performances orchestras such as video or interact with audience participation.”