The world-renowned conductor/composer and UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. Tan Dun is a winner of today's most prestigious honours including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award, Grawemeyer Award, The Bach Prize of Germany, and the Shostakovich Award of Russia.
Tan Dun led the China tour of Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, receiving the highest praise from both the critics and public. His commitments for the 2017-18 season include leading the NDR Symphony Orchestra in a 5-city tour in Germany, as well as leading the London Symphony Orchestra’s tour in London and Paris. As Honorary Artistic Director of the China National Symphony Orchestra, Tan Dun will lead its upcoming United States tour.
A conductor of innovative programs, Tan Dun has led the world's most esteemed orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France and the Filarmonica della Scala.
As a composer, Tan Dun’s individual voice has been heard widely by international audiences. Important recent premieres include a new percussion concerto The Tears of Nature, for Martin Grubinger and the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Four Secret Roads of Marco Polo for the Berliner Philharmoniker and Piano Concerto ‘The Fire’ for Lang Lang and the New York Philharmonic. His multimedia work, The Map, premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has toured more than 30 countries worldwide and his first Internet Symphony, commissioned by Google and YouTube, has reached over 15 million people online. Tan Dun has previously served as Chair of Carnegie Hall’s China Committee, Creative Chair of the 2014 Philadelphia Orchestra China Tour, Associate Composer/Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony, and Artistic Director of the Fire Crossing Water Festival held at the Barbican Centre, among others. He has also served as “Cultural Ambassador to the World” for World EXPO Shanghai.