Heralded as ?one of the most exciting voices in New Music? (The Wire), Lei Liang is a Chinese-born American composer whose works have been described as ?hauntingly beautiful and sonically colorful? by The New York Times, and as ?far, far out of the ordinary, brilliantly original and inarguably gorgeous? by The Washington Post. Winner of the 2011 Rome Prize, Liang is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Aaron Copland Award. Commissions and performances come from the New York Philharmonic (inaugural concert of CONTACT! series), Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Heidelberger Philharmonisches Orchester, the Fromm Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Manhattan Sinfonietta, the Arditti, Ying and Shanghai Quartets, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva and pipa virtuoso Wu Man. Liang received degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (BM and MM) and Harvard University (PhD). He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at the University of California.