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Zhou Tian

Assistant Professor of Music
Music, 104 Dana Arts Center
p 315-228-6708
Described as “absolutely beautiful” and “utterly satisfying” (Fanfare), Chinese-American composer ZHOU Tian (pronounced JOH TEE-en)'s works have been commissioned and performed by major orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and by leading soloists and ensembles such as pianist Yuja Wang, violist Roberto Díaz, guitarist Jason Vieaux, violinist Caroline Goulding, flutist Jeffrey Khaner, the Eroica Trio, the Arditti and Dover string quartets, the Empire Brass, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. His newest work, Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will receive its premiere under music director Louis Langrée in that orchestra's 2015-16 season finale.


B.M. The Curtis Institute of Music, 2005
M.M. The Juilliard School, 2007
D.M.A. University of Southern California, 2011


Composition, Digital Music Production

Professional Experience

Noted Performances of Original Compositions

  • The Cincinnati Symphony (2016*, 2013)
  • The Houston Symphony (2011)
  • The Indianapolis Symphony (2011)
  • The Hong Kong Philharmonic (2011)
  • The Pittsburgh Symphony (2008)
  • The Minnesota Orchestra (2007, 2006)
  • The Empire Brass (2014)
  • The Eroica Trio (2014)
  • Asheville Symphony Orchestra (2015)
  • Atlantic Classical Orchestra, w/ Caroline Goulding (2015)
  • Dover Quartet  (2015 w/ Mimi Stillman, 2013)
  • Curtis On Tour - China (Shanghai, Tianjin); South America (Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil) (2013)
  • Princeton Symphony Orchestra (2012)
  • Reno Philharmonic (2012)
  • Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (2012)
  • Spokane Symphony (2012)
  • Winston-Salem Symphony (2012)
  • Curtis On Tour (12 American cities): Jason Vieaux, guitar; Roberto Díaz, viola; Soovin Kim, violin, etc. (2012)
  • The Great Wall Quartet (Taipei, Macau, Beijing) (2012-13)
  • The Grand Air Trio (Amsterdam; 6th Intl. Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition, Weimar) (2012)
  • Performances at National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China (2012, 2010)
  • Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, New York (2009)
  • Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, New York (2009, 2006)
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC (2009)
  • Usedomer Musikfestival, Germany (2008)
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York (2007, 2005)
  • Aspen Music Festival, CO (2005)
  • Ecoles d'Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, France (2004, 10, 11)
  • Tanglewood Festival Chorus at Seiji Ozawa Hall (2002)
  • Composer-in-Residence, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. Green Bay, WI (2009-10)
  • Composer-in-Residence, Music In the Loft Concert Series. Chicago, IL (2007-08)


Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs on PBS "On Stage at Curtis Institute"


May 13, 14, 2016

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
2015-16 Season Finale
Louis Langrée, conductor

ZHOU: Concerto for Orchestra (World Premiere)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica


  • CD “Broken Ink: Symphonic Suite Inspired by the Poetry of the Sung Dynasty” (Pacific Records, 2012)
  • CD “The Great Wall Quartet” (Archimusic, 2012) 
  • CD “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano” (Innova, 2011)
  • CD/Blu-Spec CD “String Poetic: Chinese Folk Tunes On Cello” (Pacific, 2011)
  • CD “Billy Collins Suite” (Cedille, 2009)
  • CD “Symphonic Suite: The Grand Canal” (Pacific, 2009) 
  • DVD, CD “Eternal Beloved - Original Score from the Motion Picture” (Steller Mega Films/China Film Group, 2009)
  • DVD, CD “the Henry Mancini Institute – Free Music Festival” (Henry Mancini Institute, 2006)
  • CD “2001/2002 Season selections from The Curtis Institute of Music” (Curtis Institute, 2002)

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California (2007-2011)

Composition Masterclass: 
  • Syracuse University (2013)
  • University of Nevada, Reno (2012)
  • The Curtis Institute of Music (2012)



  • Nominated for Best Classical Album, Best Album Producer, and Best Instrumental Performance (won), 24th Taiwan Golden Melody Awards (2013)
  • Excellence Award, 16th National Music Award, The Ministry of Culture of P.R.China (2012)
  • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Glick Award (2011)
  • First Prize, Washington International Composition Competition (2009)
  • First Prize, ASCAP and Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition (2009)
  • 100 Important Audio and Video Publications of 2009, General Administration of Press and Publication of China
  • Symphonic Suite The Grand Canal performed during a nationally televised celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (2009). Theme at 2010 Shanghai World Expo. 
  • Symphony in C Composers Awards (2008)
  • ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2004, 05, 07)
  • Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute (2006)
  • Composition Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival (2005)
  • American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings (2005)
  • Presser Music Award (2004)
  • Composition Fellowship, Fontainebleau Music Festival, France (2004)
  • Composition Fellowship, Tanglewood Music Center (2002)


Member, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Website: www.ZhouTianMusic.com