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 recent graduate of Yale University, earning a B.A. with Honors in both Music and Political Science. 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 2016 Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Civic Orchestra Composers Project, Baldwin will have a new commissioned work for sinfonietta premiered at Chicago's Symphony Center in May 2017. Other recognition includes placing as finalist in the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition, finalist in the 2015 PARMA composer competition, first runner-up in the 2016 Michigan Music Teacher's Association Commissioned Composer Competition and honorable mention in the New York Youth Symphony's 2015 First Music Competition and the Minnesota Orchestra's 2016 Composer Institute.
Baldwin's music has been performed by such celebrated performers as the Arditti Quartet, JACK quartet, Argento Ensemble, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, [~Switch Ensemble], University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Theatre of Yale College, unassisted fold, Adamas Quartet, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, and pianist Adam Marks.
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 Regent's Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, pursuing a Master's in Music Composition, studying under Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, and Evan Chambers. His past teachers include Kathryn Alexander, Konrad Kaczmarek, Michael Klingbeil, and Stephen Gorbos. Recent projects include a work for cello and live electronics premiered in Valencia, Spain in July 2016, and the premiere of gather by the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan in February 2017.