Chen Yi

April 04, 1953 –

Modern Period

Born in China

Violinist and composer Chen Yi was the first Chinese woman to receive a Master of Arts (M.A.) in music composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Chen was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition Si Ji (Four Seasons), and has received awards from the Koussevistky Music Foundation[1] and American Academy of Arts and Letters (Lieberson Award),[2] as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.[3] In 2010, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The New School [4] and in 2012, she was awarded the Brock Commission from the American Choral Directors Association.