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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Congratulations to Tan Dun


James Wright
General Director
Tan Dun, composer of Vancouver Opera’s spring 2013 opera Tea:  A Mirror of Soul, has been awarded the 2012 D. D. Shostakovich Award by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation. The award ceremony will be held on May 14th outside Moscow in the historic city of Yaroslavl and will be a part of a concert conducted by Maestro Bashmet and Tan Dun for charity. Tan Dun is the first artist from China to receive the award.

Tan Dun at the
2000 Academy Awards
Yuri Abramovich Bashmet is a Russian conductor, violinist and violist.  The International Charitable Foundation, founded by Bashmet, established the Shostakovich International Award for outstanding achievements in the field of the international art. This award has also been granted to Gidon Kremer, Thomas Quasthoff, Victor Tretyakov, Valery Gergiev, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Olga Borodina, and Evgeny Kissin, among others.

Tan Dun adds this latest recognition to his impressive record, including the Grammy Award for his score to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an Academy Award, Grawemeyer Award for classical composition, and Musical America's Composer of The Year,

Tan Dun’s other operas include Marco Polo, The First Emperor (commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera), and Peony Pavilion

Vancouver Opera congratulates Tan Dun for this most recent recognition.

- James Wright
General Director, Vancouver Opera
@jwwright61

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