Chinese-born American composer Lei Liang is the winner of the Rome Prize, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, two National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Creative Capital Award. His concerto for saxophone and orchestra “Xiaoxiang” was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2015.
Lei Liang was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert for the inaugural concert of the CONTACT! new music series. Other commissions and performances come from the Fromm Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, among others. Lei Liang’s six portrait discs are released on Naxos, New World, Mode, and Bridge Records. He edited and co-edited four books and editions, and published more than twenty articles.
Lei Liang studied composition with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Robert Cogan, Chaya Czernowin and Mario Davidovsky, and received degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.). Lei Liang serves as professor of music and chair of the composition area at the University of California, San Diego. His catalogue of more than seventy compositions is published exclusively by Schott Music Corporation (New York).
Patricia Stowell is well known in the Bangor region where she resides as an independent performing artist, chamber musician and teacher. She is the director of Kneisel Hall’s chamber music Program for Maine Musicians and is a year-round faculty member at the Bay Chamber Community Music School in Rockport, Maine. In addition to her two degrees from Indiana University and a doctorate from Northwestern University, Patricia also studied in Vienna, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany. She has taught at Husson University in addition to performing on their Kilgore Kenduskeag Series numerous times. Patricia presents master classes and adjudicates competitions in New England and is also a founding member of the Chamber Music Society at the Collins Center for the Arts. Her European appearances include performances in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Poland and Russia, where she lectured on composer Alexander Scriabin and the Russian Symbolist Movement.