Shen Yiwen is currently assistant conductor of the Prince George’s (Maryland) Philharmonic, co-director of the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra, and assistant conductor of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He was assistant conductor of the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra and prep conductor of the Juilliard Orchestra. He has performed in master classes led by Alan Gilbert, Jorma Panula, Christian Ehwald, David Itkin, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Maurice Peress, and Sigmund Thorp.
His composing awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, Gena Raps String Quartet Award, and Arthur Friedman Prize; first prize from SCI/ASCAP Composition Commission; second prize from the First China Clarinet Composition Competition; winner of the Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab, Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, and Albany Symphony’s Composer to Center Stage Competition; and two top prizes from Chinese National Composition Competitions.
Other highlights include major orchestral premieres with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, American Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Albany Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, and Bard Conservatory Orchestra for its first international tour of China. His full-length ballet, Crane Whisperer, commissioned by the National Ballet of China, premiered in 2015 and toured over 30 cities in China.
His music has also been commissioned and performed by the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonic, Aeolus String Quartet, Omer String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, Music from China Ensemble, TALEA Ensemble, Dal Niente Ensemble, and New York Virtuoso Singers, among others. He was a soloist with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble, and he played with Juilliard’s AXIOM.
Shen holds a dual bachelor’s in composition and German studies from Bard College and its conservatory, a master’s and doctorate in composition from Juilliard (where he taught from 2011 to 2016), and a master’s in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland.