Bright Sheng (Sheng Zong-Liang in Chinese) is a classical composer whose education and inspiration spanned the infamous Cultural Revolution and two continents. Two of his compositions, H'un (Lacerations): In Memoriam 1966-1976 and Four Movements for Piano Trio, were both first runner-ups for the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Born December 6, 1955 in Shanghai, Sheng began his musical training when he was four years of age with piano lessons from his mother and later from a private teacher. Sheng was 11 when the Revolution began in 1966. As there were few jobs available, many young people were sent to the country to live and work with the rural peasant class. He was sent to Qinghai in western China and received a three-year contract with a song-and-dance troupe with whom he played piano. Sheng's formal musical education ...
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