Tan Dun

Crouching Tiger Concerto

            Tan is unquestionably one of the leaders of current American avant-garde composers.   Perhaps the most recognized of those who seek to incorporate both cutting edge classical Western musical styles and traditional Chinese musical elements into his personal voice, he has composed a large of body of work of stunning variety and originality.  He has produced five operas, orchestral works, chamber works, film scores, and compositions that, in their uniqueness, defy easy placement in conventional genres.   A master of traditional Western musical styles as well as traditional Chinese instruments and vocal traditions, he deftly combines them into a unique and fascinating oeuvre.