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Baldwin Giang (b. 1992) is a Chicago-based composer whose music aims to empower communities of audiences and performers by creating concert experiences that are opportunities for collective wonder and judgment. Described as "taut and cohesive...challenging and rewarding" (Cacophony), Baldwin's music has been played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, and Chateau de Fontainebleau. He is lucky to have collaborated with such celebrated performers as the Albany Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New York Youth Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, [Switch~ Ensemble], orkest de ereprijs, Arditti Quartet, Spektral Quartet, JACK Quartet, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Yale College, Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble, UNT's Nova Ensemble, Rage Thormbones, So Much Hot Air, and AEPEX Contemporary Performance. Among the international and domestic festivals that have presented his work are: the American Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, June in Buffalo, New Music on the Point, NUNC!3, Atlantic Music Festival, SCI National Student Conference, North American Saxophone Association Conference, National Student Electronic Music Event, Ecoles d'arts Americaines de Fontainebleau (FR), 24th Annual Young Composers' Meeting (NL), Valencia International Performance Academy (SP), highSCORE (IT), and Festival Contrasti (IT).
Baldwin is a graduate of Yale University, earning a B.A. with Honors in both Music and Political Science, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, earning a M.A. as a Regents Fellow. At Yale, Baldwin earned the Beekman Cannon Friends Prize awarded for the best senior musical composition, and the Abraham Beekman Cox Prize awarded to the “most promising and gifted composer” in his class. As a winner of the New York Youth Symphony's First Music Prize, Baldwin won a commission for a new work premiered in Carnegie Hall in May 2019. As a winner of the Prix Ravel, he won a cash prize and commission to be performed by members of Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ensemble Kalliope at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in July 2019. He is also a laureate of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Civic Orchestra Composers Project, commissioned to write a piece that was premiered at Chicago's Symphony Center. His music has been published by PARMA as a winner of their composer competition. Other recognition has come from the ASCAP Morton Gould Competition (Finalist - 2017, 2019), Michigan Music Teacher’s Association, and the University of Pennsylvania's David Halstead Prize.
As a performer, Baldwin is an enthusiastic conductor, music director, collaborative pianist, and electronics engineer. His experience includes conducting Yale Drama Coalition's productions of West Side Story (2012) and Chicago (2011), and Opera Theatre of Yale College's Blood Will Have Blood (2013); performing as orchestral pianist for the Philadelphia Sinfonia at the Kimmel Center and Mann Center; performing as pit pianist in numerous operatic and musical theater productions; and collaborating with vocal and instrumental recitalists, choirs, and chamber ensembles.
Baldwin is currently a PhD student and Division of Humanities Fellow at the University of Chicago where he studies with Sam Pluta. His past teachers have included Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, Kathryn Alexander, Konrad Kaczmarek, Michael Klingbeil, and Stephen Gorbos. Additional studies and masterclasses with Hans Abrahamsen, Tristan Murail, Christopher Theofanidis, Simon Steen-Andersen, Stefano Gervasoni, Allain Gaussin, Francois Paris, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres, and Yehudi Wyner. Recent projects include the upcoming premiere of court music /or/ The Emperor dreams of Janacek, commissioned and to be performed by the Yale In Norfolk’s New Music Workshop Fellows in June 2019.