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Baldwin Giang (b. 1992) is a 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 by such celebrated performers as the Albany Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 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, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, 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, 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 to be 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 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, 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 premiere of muzzle by the Spektral Quartet and Jesse Langen in January 2019 and an upcoming collaboration with Rage Thormbones in May 2019.