Del Sol String Quartet

Kui Dong

dongKui Dong, award-winning Chinese-American composer whose compositions span diverse genres and styles.

D.M.A., Stanford University
B.A., M.A., Central Conservatory, Beijing, China

Kui Dong was born in Beijing, China and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in theory and composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1991 she moved to the United States, where she obtained a Doctoral degree in composition from Stanford University.

Kui Dong’s compositions span diverse genres and styles and include ballet, orchestral and chamber works, chorus, electro-acoustic music, film scores, and multi-media art. Among the honors and awards she has received, most noticeably are the ISCM international composition prize, Austria’s Prix Ars Electronics (Honorary), Italy’s Val Tidone Composition competition, The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Meet The Composer USA/Commissioning Program, ASCAP Award for Young Composers and first Prize in the Alea III International Composition Competition and the first prize of China National Dance Music.

For more information, please visit her website.


Del Sol String Quartet Premiere Performances and Recordings:

  • Kui Dong (b. 1966, China):  “Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Suite” for String Quartet, Matouqin (Horse-head Fiddle), Sheng (Mouth-organ), Suona (Chinese Double-reed Wind Instrument), Zheng (Chinese Horizontal Harp), Yangqin (Hammer Dulcimer) and Chinese Percussion (2006)
    with Melody of China
    WORLD PREMIERE, Saratoga, CA
    ASIA PREMIERE (“Spring”), Chengdu, China
    PREMIERE RECORDING (“Spring”), Other Minds
    PREMIERE RECORDING (Complete Work), Other Minds 
  • Kui Dong (b. 1966, China):  “Shall We Play?” (2012): for piano duet, toy pianos and string quartet (2012)
    with ZOFO Duet (Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Zofingen, Switzerland

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