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Luo, Jing Jing a native of Beijing, China, is a prolific composer and performer who was described as one of “the first generation of Chinese avant-garde composers… whose music muses over the remote past and then depicts the results of her wealth of reflections…” by the music critic from the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Recently, New York Times critic Steven Smith wrote that her new work “Tsao Shu” was “suspended stark, deliberate daubs, fidgets and jolts against copious silence…”

Jingjing was a child prodigy, won the first prize in Beijing youth piano competition at age of 7. Entered the Central Conservatory of Music Prep school at age of 5. She then entered Shanghai Conservatory as a piano major.

Luo continued her career as a recitalist of piano performance after arriving in the US. She has recorded her piano solo works and orchestral works first produced by the International l Record Inc., then later by the Naxos records in 1984. She was invited to perform in many US music venues and private foundations, her focal point has turned more to teaching and composing.

Luo’s musical language connects East and West and thereby transcends traditional boundaries. She has received a commissioning award from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, twice from Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters award, and dozens of other awards. Luo is celebrated in both her homeland and the West for her distinctive and original musical language. The American Academy of Arts and Letters praised her as “…expressive, a fascinating mixture of sources, and exciting virtuosity…refining her special language with each new score…”

While Luo tirelessly explores her own rich musical heritage, her constant struggling between the conflicts of an individual’s voice with societal demands is a frequent theme reflected in her new works.

“Tsao Shu”(2011), deliberates the ink brush stroke from the ancient Chinese calligraphy technique as a subtle timbre transformation with a sublime timing throughout the piece. It engages and excites performers and audiences.

Her World Premiere “Spirare Potes Spirare”(2013) for solo flute and cello was praised as “one of the most important American chamber work” by the flute diva Claire Chase, to whom the work was written (for). Chase and kleijin gave the world premiere in 2014. This work marked a significant new journey in Luo’s music career.

Luo continues to experiment with the idea of non-structured frameworks. In her 2010 work, “Lagrimas Y Voces”, the structure was loose, in a sense that it was difficult to ‘grasp’ any obvious motivations through each changing gesture. The inconsistent timbral transformation was furthered by the unique interpretation of each different musical ensemble.

Luo has been named as the Composer-in-residence with the Princeton Symphony in 2016 as the winner of the Music Alive Composer in residency award. She was a winner of the Discovery Grant for Female composers supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation from the National Opera Center American in 2015. Her first electro-acoustic monodrama Ashima’s workshop was performed to great success when produced by the American Opera Project in Brooklyn, NY 2016.

Luo has taught and lectured Music Composition at Oberlin Conservatory, Central Conservatory of Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory, Brooklyn Conservatory, University of Las Vegas, University of Western Michigan, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wesleyan University, University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music, among others.

Jing Jing Luo currently lives in Oberlin, Ohio, USA