Li-Ying  Wu
Alexander Banck-Petersen

Li-Ying Wu

(1978-)

Li-Ying Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, where she grew up in a family that loved the classical music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. She began her musical education at an early age with piano, cello and composition as her main subjects and completed her studies in 2003 with an MA in Fine Art from the National Taiwan Normal University. At this point she by chance came across the Danish music of Ib Nørholm, Per Nørgård, Niels Rosing-Schow and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. She was fascinated by the many differing musical languages she encountered in the works of these composers and, perhaps even more importantly, the apparent artistic freedom in Denmark that this diversity represented.

Denmark was therefore an obvious choice when Li-Ying Wu chose to continue her studies in Europe and since 2003 she has been living in Copenhagen. She has studied composition at the Royal Danish Music Academy with Bent Sørensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen, Ejnar Kanding and Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg. In the Autumn of 2010 she commenced her Master studies in electronic composition at DIEM in Aarhus.

Li-Ying Wu’s music takes its point of departure in the sound of the music and how sound shifts during the course of the music. The music is therefore built on a highly refined treatment of instruments and sound which is also clearly reflected in her works with electronics. The composer's material unfolds in musical forms that can perhaps be described as sculptural rather than dramatic. The musical narratives are often expansive and unfold bit by bit. Procedures are not linear, as one is used to in Western European works, but unfold in spirals - a kind of sound ”zoom”. Under the music’s cyclical surface one finds a simple harmonic structure often rooted in e.g. Chinese scales. These characteristics contribute to the distinctive character and strongly personal touch in Wu’s  musical works. On a larger, one could almost say philosophical, level, the music embraces a dialectic on the level of ideas that places both Asian and Western culture in a reciprocal perspective. This duality is strengthened by Li-Ying Wu’s search for new paths and possibilities within the field of tension between electronic and acoustic instruments.

Available Works

  1. The truth will set you free

    2019 • Li-Ying Wu

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    Guitar, cello, piano, percussion & electronics

  2. Ritournelle

    2018 • Li-Ying Wu

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    Oboe, bassoon, horn, percussion, violin, viola & cello

  3. Spejlspil

    2017 • Li-Ying Wu

    Educational Music

    3 minutes

    Percussion solo

  4. Canarie

    2017 • Li-Ying Wu

    Educational Music

    Guitar solo

  5. Shadows

    2013 • Li-Ying Wu

    7+ Instruments

    19 minutes

    Double concerto for sheng, accordion, and sinfonietta

  6. Profeti

    2016 • Li-Ying Wu

    Solo

    4:33 minutes

    Violin solo

  7. Before the Veil

    2010 • Li-Ying Wu

    7+ Instruments

    25 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2 perc/arpa/key/1.1.1.1.1/tape/video

  8. Limbo - between humans

    2010 • Li-Ying Wu

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    35 minutes

    2 mezz soli + 1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2 perc/arpa/pno/acc/1.1.1.1.1/tape




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News

  1. Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

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    Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

  2. Selected summer performances

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    Selected summer performances

  3. Li-Ying Wu Interview

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    Li-Ying Wu Interview

  1. KLANG festival 2021

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    KLANG festival 2021

  2. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  3. Premieres and performances · KLANG festival

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    Premieres and performances · KLANG festival

  4. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

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    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  5. RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Guitar

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    RELEASE · Educate·S · Pieces for Guitar

  6. Music for a new children's opera composed by Li-Ying Wu

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    Music for a new children's opera composed by Li-Ying Wu

  7. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  8. Danish/Korean Festival Collaboration

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    Danish/Korean Festival Collaboration

  9. Reviews: KLANG 10th Anniversary

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    Reviews: KLANG 10th Anniversary

  10. Two world premieres at KLANG reviewed

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    Two world premieres at KLANG reviewed

  11. Li-Ying Wu Interview - The Truth Will Set You Free

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    Li-Ying Wu Interview - The Truth Will Set You Free

  12. KLANG 2019

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    KLANG 2019

  13. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  14. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  15. Li-Ying Wu performed in Taiwan

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    Li-Ying Wu performed in Taiwan

  16. World premiere of Li-Ying Wu's 'Ritournelle'

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    World premiere of Li-Ying Wu's 'Ritournelle'

  17. Accordion, yoga and audience participation – of course

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    Accordion, yoga and audience participation – of course

  18. Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

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    Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

  19. Edition·S composers portray Copenhagen Phil musicians

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    Edition·S composers portray Copenhagen Phil musicians

  20. KLANG announces festival programme

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    KLANG announces festival programme

  21. Suså Festival 2014

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    Suså Festival 2014

  22. Suså Festival – two decades of art music

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    Suså Festival – two decades of art music

  23. Abyss music and Gothic accordion

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    Abyss music and Gothic accordion

  24. Suså Festival 2012 programme made public

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    Suså Festival 2012 programme made public

  25. 3 composers awarded the Wilhelm Hansen Prize!

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    3 composers awarded the Wilhelm Hansen Prize!

  26. Li-Ying Wu made composer-in-residence at Århus Sinfonietta

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    Li-Ying Wu made composer-in-residence at Århus Sinfonietta

  27. Li-Ying Wu awarded the prestigious Bisballe Prize

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    Li-Ying Wu awarded the prestigious Bisballe Prize

  28. Li-Ying Wu in official debut November 7

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    Li-Ying Wu in official debut November 7

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Calendar

  1. May 2023
  2. 11

    May

    Li-Ying Wu: Flamboyant

    time19:30

    location DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Percusion soloists Gert Sørensen & Jakob Weber