Praised as “a real talent here waiting to emerge” (Seattle Times) and with her “skillful orchestral writing, very colorful language and huge waves of sound,” Shuying Li is an award-winning composer who began her musical education in her native China. In her sophomore year at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she won a scholarship to continue undergraduate study at the Hartt School in Connecticut. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she is now pursuing a doctorate degree.
Most recently, Shuying has been commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to write a new piece for a Carneige Hall premiere in December 2017. In 2015, Shuying’s orchestral work, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night was named a winning work to participate in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition institute, where it was performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in July. In 2013, Shuying’s orchestral work Overture to “The Siege” was selected as the winning composition in both IAWM’s Libby Larsen Prize and the Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, resulting in premiere by the Seattle Symphony. In 2014, after performances by the Hartt Wind Ensemble and the University of Cincinnati CCM Wind Orchestra, Shuying’s work for band, Slippery Slope, won the ASCAP/CBDNA Ferederick Fennell Prize.
Other awards include recognition as a Finalist in the 2016 and 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, awards from The American Prize, the NAfME Composers Competition, the Melta International Composition Competition, the Florence String Quartet Call for Scores, the Foundation for Modern Music’s International Robert Avalon Composition Competition, the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee Young Composer Competition, and the International J. Dorfman Composition Competition, among others. She was the “Composer in Residence” for the Romania ICon Arts Festival during summer 2014. In 2015, Shuying will be participating in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College with awarded fellowships.
Shuying has performed on several occasions with Contemporary Directions Ensemble (University of Michigan), Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, the Foot in the Door Ensemble and the Hartt Symphony Band. Furthermore, she has conducted her own chamber and orchestral pieces many times in United States, Germany, and Italy.
Shuying’s compositions have been performed by Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Chamber Orchestra, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), Opera From Scratch (Canada), Donald Sinta Quartet, 15.19. Ensemble (Italy), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), University of Cincinnati Wind Orchestra, Hartt Wind Ensemble, etc. Her prior composition teachers include Ye Guohui, Robert Carl and Larry Alan Smith. She studied conducting with Glen Adsit and Edward Cumming, and studied piano with Paul Rutman. Additionally, Shuying has worked with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Steven Mackey