"China's First Avant-Garde Composer and One of the Most Original Composers of His Generation"

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For event inquires, please contact Yiming Zhang: z.yiming1981@gmail.com

or International coordinator Yen-Lin Goh: yenlin.goh@gmail.com

Ge Gan-ru Ensemble

Hailed by The New York Times as “mesmerizing,” the Ge Gan-ru Ensemble is composed of five internationally acclaimed musicians renowned for their virtuosic and original performances of contemporary music. The ensemble (an outgrowth of ModernWorks) offers an unforgettable musical experience with its authoritative and insightful interpretation of Ge Gan-ru’s music, whether in dazzling instrumental solos, heart-felt music dramas, or emotionally appealing string quartets and quintets. The ensemble has performed at numerous major venues, including the Freer/Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Roulette and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Fall of Baghdad, the ensemble’s Naxos recording of three string quartets by Mr. Ge, is evidence of the players’ extraordinary musicianship; the disc was named a “notable CD of 2009” by The New York Times.

Ge Gan-ru’s music has powerfully impacted audiences worldwide; a formidable advocate of Mr. Ge’s music, the Ge Gan-ru Ensemble has been instrumental in the steady expansion of that audience.

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Reviews of the ensemble’s CD Fall of Baghdad (Naxos):

“The New York-based quartet ModernWorks doesn’t hold back on the physicality of attack required but this is a highly nuanced performance too: a deep melancholy pervades the genteel chorale that briefly ends an otherwise shell-shocked opening section and, in the second movement, microtones sound fully expressively formed, rather than like mere inflections.” —Gramophone

“The playing is everywhere praiseworthy.”—Chamber Music Magazine

The performances from ModernWorks are absorbing and delivered with tangible intensity and involvement.” —International Record Review

“[the players] have captured every glint of Ge’s biting dissonance, microtones, major and minor seconds brushing against each other, and other extended techniques that produce his anguished landscape.”—The Juilliard Journal Online

“The four musicians present Ge’s music faithfully and passionately.”—Fanfare