LONG ZHOU (b 1953 )
Zhou Long was born in Beijing in 1953. Following graduation from the Central Conservatory in 1983, he was appointed composer-in-residence with the China National Broadcasting Symphony. Zhou has received fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Mary Cary Trust and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. He has been the recipient of commissions from the Koussevitzky and the Fromm Music Foundations, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and ensembles around the world. He is the recipient of the 2003 Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. During the 2008–09 season, Zhou worked on a flute concerto for the California Pacific and Singapore Symphonies and a new chamber work for PRISM Saxophone Quartet with Chinese instruments, and he started his first opera, co-commissioned by the Opera Boston and Beijing Music Festival, which gave its première in 2010. He is a professor at the conservatory of the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His works have been recorded on many major labels, and his music is published exclusively by Oxford University Press.