- Joyce Lindorff
(b Qingmuguan, nr Chongqing, Sichuan, April 30, 1942). Chinese composer and writer on music. He studied composition at the conservatories of Shenyang and Shanghai, from where he gained the MA. In 1980 Yang was the first Chinese composer to be sent abroad for study after the Cultural Revolution, taking courses in composition and the piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover and graduating with honours. He became a teacher at the Shanghai Conservatory on his return to China in 1983, becoming a professor and Chair of the Department of Composition and Conducting in 1991 and rising to vice-president in 1996. In 1990 he was guest professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Yang has received many grants and commissions from institutions worldwide and his orchestral pieces have been performed in Asia and Europe. He has also lectured internationally on Chinese contemporary music. In his large-scale works he combines traditional Chinese instruments with a colourfully scored Western orchestra. After his years in Germany his compositions veered stylistically between Romanticism and modernism. A key figure throughout China in promoting knowledge of international contemporary music repertory and techniques, Yang has consistently supported and encouraged young Chinese composers....