Pipino series presents Pulitzer winner

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun will be the next guest in the 2020-21 Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series.

The arts series is offering all-online presentations for early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Phyllis M. Paul, dean of the Cliffe College of Creative Arts, “Du Yun is an extraordinary force in the music world today. She’s not only an award-winning composer but also an exceptional performer, whose work lies at the intersections of classical, rock, cabaret, electronic, and more.”

Du Yun was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and currently is based in New York City. She is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theater, cabaret, musical theater, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts and noise.

Her second opera “Angel’s Bone,” won a Pulitzer Prize for music in 2017. In 2018, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow; and in 2019 she was nominated for a Grammy Award in the best classical composition category.

In 2018 Du Yun was named one of 38 Great Immigrants by the Carnegie Foundation, and in 2019 the Beijing Music Festival named her Artist of the Year.

Her theater credits include original music for “Kung Fu” by David Henry Hwang and “Dim Sum Warriors” by Yenyen Woo and Colin Goh, which toured in 25 major cities in China in 2018.

As a performer, her on-stage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge.”

For the Pipino series, Du Yun will host a master class at 4 p.m. Wednesday and give a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both events are free and can be accessed at ysu.edu/Pipino.


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