- Joyce Lindorff
(b Yantai, Shandong, People’s Republic of China, Jan 23, 1935). Chinese composer. Her desire to forge her own unique style rooted in Chinese tradition is evident in works for orchestra, chorus and many film scores. The early instruction she received after joining an army art troupe at the age of 12 inspired her first interest in musical structure. She later studied Chinese traditional folk music, Western music theory and composition as a prizewinning student of Ding Shande at the Shanghai Conservatory. After graduation (1960), she joined the composition faculty there and was appointed associate professor in 1986. In 1959 she began a 20-year series of travels to Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, Fujian and Hainan Island collecting folksongs, which have inspired many of her compositions. A member of both the Shanghai and the China musicians’ associations, she retired from teaching in 1991 to compose full time in Hong Kong. Her later work incorporates the languages of folk music, painting and weaving....