TAN DUN (born 1957) is a composer/conductor from China, now based in New York. His works span the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions.
A winner of today's most prestigious honors including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award (for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Grawemeyer Award for classical composition and Musical America's Composer of The Year, Tan Dun's music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on the radio and television. Tan Dun’s individual voice has been heard by wide audiences. His first Internet Symphony, which was commissioned by Google/YouTube, has reached over 15 million people online. He was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to write the Logo Music and Award Ceremony Music for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and served as “Cultural Ambassador to the World” for World EXPO 2010 Shanghai. He has written several operas, including Marco Polo, which was commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival. As a composer/conductor, Tan Dun has led the world's most renowned orchestras.
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