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News - Tan Dun to receive Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
This year, Tan Dun is awarded with the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Board of the Venice Biennale. The award, which will be presented during the 61st International Contemporary Music Festival in the autumn of 2017, honours artists for significant contributions to the world of contemporary music. 

Tan Dun will receive the award on September 30 at the Teatro alle Tese, when he will be recognised for music and ideas that link tradition with innovation, history with current events in a time of rapid globalisation. The Biennale also acknowledges Tan Dun for his defense of nature, a common theme in his "organic music" which spotlights water, stones, paper, and ceramics alongside traditional musical instruments.

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Tan Dun (b.1957)


The conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world's music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. A winner of today's most prestigious honors including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award, Grawemeyer Award for classical composition and Musical America's "Composer of The Year," Tan Dun's music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on the radio and television. As a composer/conductor, Tan Dun has led the world's most renowned orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonica della Scala, Münchner Philharmoniker and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, among others. Most recently, Tan Dun served as “Cultural Ambassador to the World” for World EXPO 2010 Shanghai.

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