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Baldwin Giang (b. 1992) is a composer interested in acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums, whose music aims to empower communities of audiences and performers by creating concert experiences that are opportunities for collective wonder and judgment. 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. Described as "taut and cohesive...challenging and rewarding" (Cacophony), Baldwin's music has been performed by such celebrated performers as the Arditti Quartet, JACK quartet, Argento Ensemble, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Yale Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Yale College, AEPEX Contemporary Performance, [Switch~ Ensemble], Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Adamas Quartet, So Much Hot Air, and unassisted fold. Among the international and domestic festivals that have presented his work are: June in Buffalo, New Music on the Point, North American Saxophone Association Conference, Valencia International Performance Academy in Spain, Atlantic Music Festival, and highSCORE in Italy.
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 Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Civic Orchestra Composers Project, Baldwin won a commission for a new work, which was premiered at Chicago's Symphony Center in May 2017. 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, New York Youth Symphony, Nashville Symphony Composer Lab, and Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute.
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), 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 Benjamin Franklin fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. 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, Stefano Gervasoni, and Yehudi Wyner. Recent projects include the premiere of the fake-news inspired don't be so overly dramatic, chuck in November 2017, and an upcoming commission from orkest de ereprijs to be premiered in March 2018 in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.