Chou Wen-Chung

  • UC San Diego Music receives donation of historically important percussion instruments from the estate of the great Chinese American Composer Chou Wen-Chung

    February 17th, 2021

    In October of 2019, the great Chinese American composer, Chou Wen-Chung died at age 96. He was many things: a role model for a new generation of Asian American composers, the assistant and protégé of the experimentalist Edgard Varèse and an…

  • Chou Wen-chung In Memoriam

    November 21st, 2019

    Chou Wen-chung—composer, teacher, visionary and leader in cultural exchange—passed away in his New York City home at the age of 96 on October 25, 2019. Chou had multiple simultaneous illustrious careers. As student and protégé of, and later executor to…

  • Chou Wen-chung Receives Honorary Doctorate from NEC

    March 6th, 2019

    Chou Wen-chung was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from New England Conservatory on February 27, 2019. The composer entered NEC in 1946 upon arriving in the U.S. from Shanghai and studied composition under Nicholas Slonimsky. Conservatory President Andrea Kalyn conferred…

  • NEC presents composer Chou Wen-chung with an Honorary Doctorate

    March 4th, 2019

    Esteemed composer Chou Wen-chung, known for his works that synthesize Western composition with traditional Chinese music, was presented with an honorary doctorate by NEC President Andrea Kalyn at his home in New York on February 27, 2019.

  • Chou Wen-chung: Composer of Confluence

    February 8th, 2019

    Sponsored by the Spiralis Music Trust, this 25-minute documentary traces the extraordinary life of Chou Wen-chung, the first Chinese composer to achieve recognition in the West. He came to the U.S. in 1946, studied with the composer, Edgard Varèse and…

  • The Chou Wen-chung Music Research Center Opens

    December 27th, 2018

    At a ceremony held on November 28th, 2018, the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou announced the opening of the Chou Wen-chung Music Research Center.  Conservatory President Cai Qiaozhong welcomed more than 300 participants from around the world, including some of…

  • Chou Wen-Chung Music Research Center

    November 1st, 2018

    On November 28, 2018, the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, will celebrate the inauguration of the “Chou Wen-chung Music Research Center.” The opening ceremony of the Center will be followed by a two-day academic conference. Music scholars from China and abroad will present papers on the composer’s music and his scholarly contributions to the field.

  • New Website Dedicated to Chou Wen-chung

    November 1st, 2018

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned website dedicated to the works of Chou Wen-chung, distinguished composer, teacher, cultural ambassador, and student of Edgard Varèse.

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Spiralis Music Trust

Design — Concentric, Development — Igicom

Kimberly M. Wang, Eardog Productions, the Spiralis Music Trust and public domain.