Sofia Jen Ouyang (b.2001) is a composer interested in the intersection and collision of musical, literary, and philosophical concepts. Central to her thinking are concepts, in no particular order: ideologies, binaries, ambiguities, indeterminacies, philosophies, literary theories, physicality, noise, gender, culture, sexuality, music, paradigms, hybridity, distortions, liminalities.
Winner of The American Prize in Composition 2022 and the Gena Raps Piano Chamber Music Prize 2022, Sofia is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Philosophy at Columbia University, and studies composition with Andrew Norman at The Juilliard School. She is also the mentee of David Serkin Ludwig and Claire Chase. Sofia is a BluePrint composer fellow with National Sawdust (2021), a recipient of Columbia University’s Rapaport Fellowship (2021, 2022), and has received honors from BMI Student Composer Award (2021), Society of Composers Inc. (2021), Luna Lab (2020), and the National Young Composer Challenge (2019).
Sofia’s works has been performed across the US, Europe, and Asia, including in venues such as National Sawdust, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Vienna School of Music and Performing Arts, Rockport Music Shalin Liu Performance Center, and in music festivals such as Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, New Music On The Point, ICEBERG, and Atlantic Music Festival. She has received commissions from New York Virtuoso Singers, Columbia University New Opera Workshop, and violist Hsin-Yun Huang and pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and has collaborated with ensembles and musicians including the JACK Quartet, Trio Immersio, National Sawdust Ensemble, members of Philadelphia Orchestra, members of Imani Winds, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, vocalist Brittany Hewitt, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev, pianist Cornelia Herrmann, trombonist Scott Hartman, and percussionist Sae Hashimoto, among others.
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