Dai Wei is originally from China. Her music is characterized by giving works of “art music” the appearance of pop music. She intends to create a commercially approachable serious music.
Her interests have always been related to music. In 1998 she won Outstanding Contestant of the Junior emcee of the Guangdong Television Broadcast Co., and in 2002 she won the Gold Award for Junior Latin Dancing of Guangdong. Before she became as a composer, she had been a pop music singer and songwriter since primary school. In 2007 she won the National Top 15 of the Shanghai Dragon TV Composition Talent Show, after which she received her first exclusive songwriter contract with Linfair Records Limited in Taiwan. Seven of her works gained public release by Universal Music, Sony Music and etc.
Years of working to expand and diversify her pop music eventually led her to concert music. In 2012, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Composition and Theories of Composition from Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China. Now she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Composition at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty.
In the summer of 2013, she studied at the Beijing International Composition Workshop, China where she had lessons with Zhou Long, Luca Francesconi, Dieter Mack. She also studied at the Fresh Inc Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin with Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop, where her piece Alchemy, received its premiere by Fifth House Ensemble in 2014. In the coming August, she will study at the 2014 Atlantic Music Festival in Maine with Ken Ueno, Robert Paterson, George Tsontakis, and her sextet Just One Thing will be premiered by Contemporary Ensemble. In September, her piece If I’m Lost-Now written for alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, voice and electronics will be performed in 2014 International Computer Music Conference, Athens, Greece.
Dai Wei – Alchemy
for flute, harp, and harp