Wang Jie, Composer | News


September 2022

World premiere: The Night When You See Again, for organ and string quartet

September 10th 2022, 7:30 pm

Rice University’s Edith Bates Grand Organ and Recital Hall

Daryl Robinson, Organ

The Apollo Chamber Players:

Matthew J. Detrick, Founder, Artistic & Executive Director, violinist Anabel Ramirez Detrick, violin Matthew Dudzik, cello

Guest artist: Tonya Burton, viola

August 2022

World premiere: Flying on the Scaly Backs of Our Mountains, for orchestra

August 4th 2022, 7:30 pm

Colorado Music Festival Orchestra | Peter Oundjian, conductor
Colorado Music Festival, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO

July 2022

World premiere: The Winter that United Us, for orchestra

June 11th 2022, Kleinhans Music Hall

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta

March 2022

World premiere: The Name that Never Dies, for a cappella chorus

Kent Tritle conducting Musica Sacra

March 22nd 2022, 7:30 pm

Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Jan 2022

Led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs Symphonic Overture “America, the Beautiful”

Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for details.

September 2021

Jie is composer-in-residence at the Loghaven Artist Residency from September to November 2021. Projects include commissions from Musica Sacra at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival. During her stay, Jie will also be giving seminars at University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Wang Jie

July 2021


Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:30pm
Methuen Memorial Music Hall
192 Broadway
Methuen, MA


May 2021

World premiere coming up:
By the amazing Mark Pacoe
Wednesday, June 23 at 7pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. (FISK ORGAN, op. 126)
401 East 4th Street
Greenville, NC
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:30pm
Methuen Memorial Music Hall
192 Broadway
Methuen, MA

April 2021

World premiere – July 9th 2021, 9 pm at Death of Classical

“UNDER THE SAME FLAG” for solo piano

Click here for tickets.

March 2021

For the past three years running, Wang Jie’s Symphony No. 1 has been the most-broadcast work on the most-listened-to classical music show in the country. Performance Today has broadcast the Buffalo Philharmonic’s 2018 concert performance of the piece ten times over the past three years. Next on the list? Beethoven’s Fifth, with five broadcasts in that same time.

A cup of tea with Wang Jie’s Symphony No.1 is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Nov 2020

“Wang Jie, a Woman to Know.” by Jay Nordlinger, the music critic for the Criterion. Read full review here.

May 2020

World premiere at Colorado Music Festival will be postponed to July 2022.

World premiere at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be postpone to the season gala concert sometime in 2021-22 season.

Stay tuned and stay healthy!

April 2020

What does quarantine feel like for a composer? “My Instrument is out of tune. ” Read complete interview here.

August 2019

August 13: yet another national broadcast on APM’s Performance Today, JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic in WJ’s Symphony No. 1.

July 2019

July 27: Following on the success of the winter masterclass, WJ was invited to return to Philadelphia for the Curtis Institute’s Summerfest, where she presented a masterclass for their talented young composers.

June 2019

June 21: The ensemble Percussia plays WJ’s “From NY With Love,” including melodies taken directly from an NYC subway car starting up, in an exuberant outdoor performance in Jackson Heights, Queens.

May 2019

May 25: Conductor Nir Kabaretti leads the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota in the Latin American premiere of WJ’s “Death of Socrates.” (Local review says the piece resonates with “lucid and magical sounds that allowed us to remember that life is a fragile and fantastic moment.”)

April 2019

April 19: Guitarist Tengyue Zhang plays WJ’s “13 Ways of Flying with a Blackbird” for a sold-out house at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY, a concert presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic.

April 26:  another national broadcast on APM’s Performance Today, JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic in WJ’s Symphony No. 1.

March 2019

March 20th: World premiere at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, guitarist Tengyue Zhang premieres Jie’s “Thirteen Ways of Flying with a Blackbird.” (Described as a “tour de force showcase of guitar technique, and a thoughtful meditation on both the poetry of Wallace Stevens and the expressive rhythms of the Indian classical tradition.”)

Feb. 2019

Wang Jie returns to her alma mater in Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music, to give an extended masterclass to the 2019 class of composers, sharing insights on the real-world experiences of a Curtis grad who is now a working composer.

Jan. 2019

January 26: Pianist Beth Levin in recital at the NY Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium:  a thrilling and sensitive performance of WJ’s piano suite, “Memories of That First Summer.”

January 28: national broadcast on APM’s Performance Today, JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic in WJ’s Symphony No. 1.

June. 2018

Don’t miss a national broadcast of “Symphony No.1” on America’s most listened to classical radio show Performance Today. JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in concert. Click here  to hear the episode before July 14th 2018.

May. 2018

Jie is the first ever composer-in-residence of Performance Today’s annual music journey in Europe. This unprecedented residency format is a must-know for organizations who work with living composers and want to strategize creative ways for audience reach. Click here to learn more about Jie’s residency and the new work.

Mar. 2018

Wang Jie receives a second Virginia B. Toulmin commissioning grant from the League of American Orchestras. She will be composing a new work for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 season. Click here  for full press release.

Feb. 2018

Wang Jie speaks to WNED host Peter Hall about her “Symphony No.1.” JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend at Kleinhans Hall. Click here for tickets.

June. 2017

Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra premieres “IT RAINED ON SHAKOPEE“, a pioneering research opera based on prison life in Minnesota’s state prison in Shakopee. July 20th 2017, 7:30 pm. Weber Music Hall. One night only. Click here for tickets.

Feb. 2017

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 17-18 season. JoAnn Falletta conducts Wang Jie’s SYMPHONY NO.1 on Feb. 10-11, 2018. Click here for tickets.

Jan. 2017

Thank you Opera America, SONOS, and my amazing cast! National Opera Showcase video available:

Dec. 2016

1) Tickets on sale now: Wang Jie’s “Rated R for Rat” at Town Hall’s New Opera Showcase, a production of Opera America/National Opera Center. The invincible SONOS Chamber Orchestra and director Erik Ochsner will embark 5 exciting new works in this annual national opera festival.

2) Stay tuned for details of Wang Jie’s upcoming appearance at the Buffalo Philharmonic in Feb. 11th & 12th 2018. JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic at a performance of Wang Jie’s Symphony No.2.

Nov. 2016

1. Wang Jie is in St. Paul conducting field work at the Minnesota Shakopee Correctional Facility for her prison opera “It Rained On Shakopee“, a project generously funded by the McKnight Foundation, New Music USA. A premiere is scheduled for July 20th, 2017 with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.

2. Upcoming: Chamber opera RATED R FOR RAT will receive showcase during Opera America’s 2017 New Works Forum.

When & Where

Time: Jan. 13th 2017 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Town Hall
123 W 43rd Street
(Between Sixth Avenue and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $10 for members
$25 for non-members

October 2016

1. “Rated R for Rat” will be workshopped at San Francisco Conservatory on Oct. 9th, a co-production of Festival Opera and American Opera Projects.
2. SYMPHONIC OVERTURE “AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL” will be premiered on Oct. 22nd and 23rd by Colorado Springs Philharmonic, led by Josep Caballé Domenech.

July 2016

Wang Jie and Fred Child are married on July 22nd 2016.

June 2016 (2)

“Being chosen for the Underwood Reading was like the Greek Gods nodding from behind the big table saying: ‘yeah kid, you are onto something.’ I didn’t know what that “something” was and in the end, it wasn’t as important as what the Underwood experience taught me.” Wang Jie is interviewed on American Composers Orchestra‘s 25th anniversary of the Underwood New Music Readings. Click here for complete interview.

June 2016 (1)

American Composers Forum announces Wang Jie is one of this year’s two McKnight Visiting Composers. Click here for press release.

February 2016

Festival Opera announces Wang Jie as their first composer-in-residence. Full press release click here.

January 2016

A fun program and a world premieres coming up in 2016:

As a reminder, part of New York Festival of Song, please join me at a performance of THE ANIMAL CARNIVAL by wonderful soprano Justine Aronson and pianist Leann Osterkamp.

Feb. 11th 2016, 7 pm, National Opera Center Marc Scorca Hall. Click here for tickets.

December 2015

As part of New York Festival of Song, please join me at a performance of THE ANIMAL CARNIVAL by wonderful soprano Justine Aronson and pianist Leann Osterkamp.

Feb. 11th 2016, 7 pm, National Opera Center Marc Scorca Hall. Click here for tickets.

September, 2015

New Music USA awarded the 2015 Projects Grant to Wang Jie’s miniature opera (currently untitled), enabling the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra to commission, develop and premiere the new opera in June 2016.

May, 2015

Rest assured, I will work twice as hard from now on so that I can live up to this phantasmagoric composer my editor so generously attributed to me. Before you indulge me some more, I suggest we get real here: if you are not sure which way is the right way to rub your kettle, be sure to consult SoundBytes magazine first!

May, 2015

World premiere: ANTI-GRAVITATIONAL AMPLIFICATION – Homage to Goya and His Joy of Up Up Up! For Vibraphone and Piano.

Random Access Music & Iktus Percussion presents Realms of Darkness and Light

Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00pm
Queens New Music Festival
Big Secret Theatre, Long Island City, Queens

Purchase tickets or purchase at the door.

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 8:00pm
Benzaquen Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
New York, New York

April 18th 2015

Wang Jie is making an appearance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. 21st Century Consort, the resident ensemble at the Smithsonian Institute currently in its 39th season, presents “A Silence Older than Love.” April 18th, 4 pm, pre-concert talk with Christopher Kendall, Wang Jie & Jo Ann Gillula; 5 pm, concert. The ensemble: Mary Mackenzie, soprano | Ko Sugiyama, violin | Rachel Young, cello | Lisa Emenheiser, piano.

April 16th, 2015

Join me at an exuberant performance of NOSE ON FIRE by the Talea Ensemble rock stars Stephen Gosling and Rane Moore. April 16th, 8 pm, Clemente Solo Velez Culture Center, 107 Suffolk Street. Free (Don’t you love this word?).

Mar. 2015

Opera Grant for Female Composers awarded to double-bill by composer Wang Jie currently in development at AOP for 2017 premiere at Festival Opera. Read complete press release…

Feb. 2015

World premiere: NOSE ON FIRE. Two shows: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 8 pm, The Little Secret Theatre, Long Island City |
Friday, March 6, 2015, 8 pm, Benzaquen Hall, The DiMenna Center, Manhattan. Click here for details.

Nov. 2014

Join me at the National Opera Center for a performance of A Silence Older than Love, by the wonderful cast from Fresh Squeezed Opera Company.

June 2014

Joshua Roman and Town Hall Seattle premieres “A Silence Older than Love” on June 24th 2014. Click here for details.

September 2013

3 premieres coming up this season. Stay Tuned!

April 2013

Join me for the world premiere of my Oboe Concerto. Liang Wang and Orchestra of the League of Composers. June 17th at 8 pm. Miller Theater at West 116th St. and Broadway. Click here for tickets.

September 2012

Wang Jie has been awarded the Koussevitzky Commission in the Library of Congress, jointly with the League of Composers/ISCM of New York.

July 2012

Wang Jie has been awarded the sixth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Jie, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, receives a commission to compose a new work that will be premiered by DSO in April 2014. Click here for complete press release.

April 20th 2012

Three of Wang Jie’s compositions are added to the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. These three works are: From the Other Sky, Symphony No.1 and Music for the Joy of Sextet. Visit for details.

April 10th 2012

An Evening with Wang Jie at Opera America! Visit at 7 pm tomorrow for live streaming of the entire event.

Mar 12th 2012

Wang Jie is awarded the 2012 Charles Ives Scholarship from American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mar 10th 2012

RAM’s Southwest Inversions:two performances!

News Archive:

Oct. 6th 2011 | –The Gershwin Hotel | 7:30 pm

–Dynamic young violinist Alicia Choi performs SERENADE IN ISOLATION at the season opening concert of composers’ collective Random Access Music. Tickets: click here

Wang Jie has three exciting premieres coming up in New York this season. Stay tuned!

Sep.16th 2011 | Symphony Space | 8 pm
–“SONGS FOR MAHLER IN THE ABSENCE OF WORDS” premieres by the New York Piano Quartet, Tickets: click here

Summer 2011
Wang Jie is awarded the MacCracken Fellowship from NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science.

May 2011
–“A Longing for Spring” a multi-language song cycle, reviewed by New York Times.

April 2011
–“A Longing for Spring” a multi-language song cycle, premieres on May 1st: 7 PM, Merkin Hall | Click here for tickets.

Oct 2010
–“From the Other Sky” premieres on Oct. 15th: American Composers Orchestra led by George Manahan. 7:30pm | Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
–“Symphony No.1” premieres by Minnesota Orchestra on Oct. 29th: 8pm Orchestra Hall, Osmo Vänskä Conducts Future Classics

Stay Tuned! This season, Wang Jie has two more premieres coming up…

July 2010
Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo VŠnskŠ performs Wang Jie’s SYMPHONY NO.1 on Oct. 29th 2010. Wang Jie was among seven composers selected national-wide from a pool of 168 candidates as participants in the Minnesota Orchestra’s 10th annual Composer Institute. Click here for press release.

March 2010

Join Wang Jie at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of her new work for American Composers Orchestra. Tickets on sale now!.

Oct. 2009

Wang Jie won 09-10 ASCAPlUS Award.

Sep. 2009

Wang Jie joins the Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty.

June 2009

Wang Jie Wins 2009 Underwood Commission from American Composers Orchestra, bringing her a $15,000 commission for a work to be premiered by ACO’s Orchestra Underground at Carnegie Hall. Click here for complete press release.

Mar. 2009
Spring Season 2009: Wang Jie has 5 more exciting performances coming up:


Jan. 2009

Annoucing: Jie’s solo concert as part of HEAR/SEE series produced/sponsored by Music-Theatre Group.Feb. 12 & 13th | 8 PM | DUMBO. Click here for more. See you there!

Nov. 2008
Stay tuned! Jie’s solo concert withMusic-Theatre Group will launch soon. In the meantime, “Game For Two” – a piece for two pianos will premiere in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music on Dec. 8th 2008, 8PM.

Sep. 2008
Jie is in the process of launching a solo concert as part of HEAR/SEE series produced/sponsored by Music-Theatre Group.This concert will feature all new works by Jie.

August 2008
Jie has been nominated for the BERLIN PRIZE.

July 2008
Jie becomes the first composer who has been awarded the Milton Rock Fellowship.

June. 2008
Jie has been offered a composition residency at The Banff Music Center, Canada, where she will be spending the rest of this summer. Jie’s residency at The Hermitage has been moved to Feb. 2009.

May. 2008
Jie has been nominated for an artist residency at The Hermitage, where she will spend six weeks this summer.

April. 2008
Jie has received a scholarship from Opera America to attend the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver this Summer.

April. 2008
Jie has received a commission from the Oakwood Chamber Players to compose for their 25th Anniversary celebration in May 2009

March. 2008
World premiere of Jie’s SYMPHONY NO.1: Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Kuak-man Lio conducting. 8pm April 14th 2008, Curtis Institute of Music, Field Hall, free.

Nov.. 2007
THE ANIMAL CARNIVAL is premiering in Philadelphia at Curtis, again with the fabulous Mary Mackenzie. Dec.5th 2007, Field Concert Hall, free.

Oct. 2007
The Claremont Ensemble is to premiere THE ANIMAL CARNIVAL with sensational Mary Mackenzie, on a concert celebrating Chinese-American composers. OCt. 29th, 2007, 7:30 PM – Manhattan School of Music, Greenfield Hall. Pre-concert talk with Bright Sheng, Wang Jie, Vivian Fung, and Richard Danielpour.
Sep. 2007
Announcing Nannan’s official website:
June. 2007
Jie’s summer performances:
July 6th & 7th: “Music for the Joy of Sextet” by Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 07 Summer Season at the City Theater. Click here to learn more.
July 8th: “Shadow” by The New Juilliard Ensemble at MoMA’s Summergarden. Click here to learn more.

May. 2007
Jie has been awarded the Nicolas Flagello Award by Manhattan School of Music. This award is given annually to a student for outstanding achievement as a composer.
April. 2007
Jie has been awarded the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award.
April. 2007
It is now official: Jie is one of the two composers who are accepted by the the Curtis Institute of Music this year. She will begin her advanced studies in the fall.
March. 2007
Jie has received Honorable Mention Award of the 2006 Harvey Gaul Composition Competition.
Dec. 2006
Jie has received Honorable Mention Award of BMI Foundation Women’s Music Commission.
Sep. 2006
Jie has been chosen to participate at the 2007 VOX: Showcasing American Composers produced by New York City Opera. During the 2007 festival, Jie’s opera Nannan(work in progress) will receive a performance of selected excerpts by The City Opera Orchestra on May 13 2007 at the Skirball Center of NYU.
June 2006
Jie is the winner of the 4th edition Northridge Composition Prize. Jie’s orchestral music “Death of Socrates” will receive premiere by CSUN Symphony under the baton of John Roscigno at the end of 2006.
May 2006
Jie has been offered Composer-in-Residence of Red Light New Music.
March 2006
Jie was a featured composer at the 2006 Beijing Modern Music Festival, where her song cycle “I Died for Beauty” was performed at the opening ceremony of the festival
March 2006
Jie is the recipian of this year’s Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship at Aspen Music festival and School. Jie is to spend 5 weeks at the Master Composition Program, working closely with Christopher Rouse, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Sydney Hodkinson; and expecting an orchestral reading, a premiere, and several performances.