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DAI WEI is originally from China. Her musical journey navigates in the spaces between east and west, classical and pop, electronic and acoustic, innovation and tradition. She often draws from eastern philosophy and aesthetics to create works with contemporary resonance, and reflect an introspection on how these multidimensional conflict and tension can create and inhabit worlds of their own. Her artistry is nourished by the Asian and Chinese Ethnic culture in many different ways. Being an experimental vocalist, she performs herself as a Khoomei throat singer in her recent compositions, through which are filtered by different experiences and background as a calling that transcends genres, races, and labels.
She recently awarded CANOA Commission (Composing a New Orchestra Audience) from the American Composer Orchestra Underwood New Music Reading to compose a new orchestral work which will be premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2022/23 season. She was commissioned by Bang on a Can to write a piece for solo violin and electronics——Song for Shades of Crimson, which was premiered by violinist Todd Reynolds at Bang on a Can 2020 Marathon in May.
Wei served as Young-Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire and Composer Fellow at Intimacy of Creativity in Hong Kong. She has received commissions and collaborations with Utah Symphony Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Merz Trio, and the Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia. Her compositions were broadcast by WRTI, Performance Today, WHYY, Radio Television Hong Kong, and Qinghai Television.
Wei has also collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia under the direction of Dirk Brossé for two consecutive years. As the opening of Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s 2017/18 season concert at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, she was commissioned and performed herself as the vocalist of the chamber orchestra work dedicated to Bernstein’s 100th anniversary. She has also performed her own compositions in various venues, such as New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, International Computer Music Conference, World Saxophone Congress, and North American Saxophone Alliance.
Being active as a Mandopop songwriter and singer. She was the National Top 15 of My Show, Season 4, a reality TV singing competition in China. After that, she received her exclusive songwriter contract with Linfair Records Limited in Taiwan. Her music has been recorded and released on labels including Universal Music, Sony Music, Rock Records, and Ocean Butterflies International. Her works have been performed throughout China and internationally at venues including Sydney City Town Hall, Le Shadok in France, Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Nanjing Olympic Stadium, Dalian Sports Center Stadium, Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou and Spring Cocoon Center in Shenzhen.
Wei is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Fellow. She holds Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies with Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, and Richard Danielpour. She earned an M.M. in Music Composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty. She earned her B.A. in Music Composition at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China.