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Fang Man awarded prestigious commission from League of American Orchestras/Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

She will write a new work for the San Francisco Symphony

The prestigious League of American Orchestras has announced the winners of the 2018 Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program. Commission recipients Courtney Bryan, Cindy Cox and the University of South Carolina’s Fang Man, each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the 2018 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Fang Man’s work will be premiered by the San Francisco Symphony (details to be announced).

“Over the past five years, our Women Composers program has significantly expanded the repertoire, resulting in important new works by women being performed by orchestras across the country,” said Jesse Rosen, the League’s president and ceo. “We are grateful for the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation’s visionary thinking and years of support.”

Hailed as “inventive and breathtaking” by The New York Times, Fang Man’s music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra New Music Group under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Basel Sinfonietta, Slovak Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestre de Lorraine, Minnesota Orchestra, Prism Saxophone Quartet, Dolce Suono Ensemble, Music from China, among others.

She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, an Underwood/ACO Commission, Toru Takemitsu Award (Japan), Opera America Discovery Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts Award, Siemens Berlin Music Foundation Commission, New Music USA Commission, 47th UWRF Commissioned Composer, UofSC Provost Grant, Bank of America Gallery Commission, the Darmstadt Stipend-Prize-Award, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship, among others.

Fang Man’s music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater (NYC); Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles); Espace de Projection of IRCAM-Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (Japan), Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), etc. She has been invited to new music festivals: Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Centre Acanthes (France); Darmstadt New Music Festival (Germany); Gaudeamus Music Week (the Netherlands); Cabrillo Festival, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo (USA), etc. She was invited as a resident composer at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida, Aldeburgh Music Centre (UK), and Civitella Ranieri Music Foundation (Italy).

She received the doctor of musical arts degree from Cornell University and a computer music and composition certificate from IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, France. She obtained the bachelor of music degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Fang is assistant professor of music composition at the University of South Carolina, and she previously held positions as the composer-in-residence at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and visiting assistant professor at Duke University.

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