Bright Sheng


Bright Sheng is respected as one of the leading composers of our time. His stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works are performed regularly by the greatest performing arts institutions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Bright is a  MacArthur Fellow and was recognized by the foundation as “an innovative composer who merges diverse musical customs in works that transcend conventional aesthetic boundaries”. His oeuvre has both Asian influences and a strong synthesis of Western musical tradition which makes  his work distinctive and original. Bright himself admits: “I consider myself both 100% American and 100% Asian.”
In addition to composing, Bright enjoys an active career as a conductor and concert pianist, and frequently acts as music advisor and Artistic Director to orchestras and festivals. He is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at University of Michigan, and the Y. K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where, in 2011, he founded and is the Artistic Director of The Intimacy of Creativity—The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong.

Bright was born December 6, 1955, in Shanghai, and moved to New York in 1982 to pursue his graduate work. He studied composition and conducting privately with his mentor Leonard Bernstein.