Jiang Xiaoran – Composer
Jiang Xiaoran（Shawn）was born in Sichuan, China in 1995. He stared to learn the piano at 4 years old. Shawn has won several provincial piano competitions. In 2013, Shawn entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, majoring in Composition with Professor Chen Musheng. Shawn collaborated with guqin (qin) master Zheng Xiaoyun, arranging Chinese animation music to be performed on the traditional instruments guzheng and guqin. In 2015, Shawn was appointed the composer-in-residence with Chamber Orchestra-Jupiter. His works were performed at Shanghai Poly Theatre. In the same year, Shawn’s choral work “One Family Across the Strait” was selected by the 32nd Spring of Shanghai International Music Festival (SSIMF) to be performed at the “China Dream, Tide & Wave” concert of original music. The piece was subsequently performed at He Luting Concert Hall. Currently, Shawn is studying composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Late Autumn (2015)
This piece was premiered at the Auditorium of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2015. Late Autumn started with Shawn’s piano improvisation. He then developed the improvised materials into a chamber work. This was Shawn’s first time structuring a composition with improvisational approach. Supposedly random rhythms were consciously controlled, giving the expressive and romantic quality in “Late Autumn”. The first version of the piece was written for western instruments. The second version, written specifically for the Sound of Dragon Music Festival, used Chinese instruments and stylized with traditional techniques on these instruments.