Featuring: NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Zhou Long

Featuring: NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Zhou Long

On April 12, 2016 NYFA is honoring Zhou Long at the annual NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit

This year’s honorees are NYFA affiliated artists James Casebere (Fellow in Sculpture ’89, Photography ’85, ’94), Anna Deavere Smith (Fiscally Sponsored Artist ’16), Faith Ringgold (Fellow in Painting ’88), and Zhou Long (Fellow in Music Composition ’00).

Zhou Long (Fellow in Music Composition ‘00)
Zhou was awarded a NYFA Music Composition Fellowship in 2000. The first Asian American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera, Madame White Snake, Dr. Zhou also received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. He was a recipient of commissions and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, and various institutions around the world. Zhou Long is currently Distinguished Professor at the UMKC Conservatory.  


Learn more about Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake and listen to a clip of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning opera in this NPR article. When Madame White Snake made its world premiere in 2010, it was the first new opera to be performed in Boston in over forty years. Learn more about the creation of the production here: 

In 2016, Zhou Long and Chen Yi were nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the category of Best Orchestral performance. Symphony ‘Humen 1839’ was conducted by Darrell Ang and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Published under the Naxos label, you can listen to it here.  

Find out more about the NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit and buy tickets by clicking here.

Images, from top: Zhou Long; Madame White Snake, Photo credit: Ashmont Media Photo

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