Gu Wei (b. 1991) is a Singaporean composer whose music has been described as having ‘warmth of real splendour'. Having lived in China, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany, he draws his influences from a wide range of sources and is a composer demonstrating versatility in his style and idiom.
Gu Wei’s music has appeared in various occasions in Singapore and worldwide. They were commissioned by Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Wind Symphony, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonic Winds, ADDO Chamber Orchestra, AudioImage Wind Ensemble, Princeton Pianists Ensemble and musicians of the JACK Quartet. Gu Wei won first prizes in WBAS Wind Band Composition Contest 2018, Macht Orchestral Composition Competition 2017, second prize in Prix d'Eté Competition 2016, and won the ‘Singapore Compose!’ Competition 2015. While studying overseas, his music has also been featured in festivals such as the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2016 and New Music On the Point Festival 2017. His arrangements of Singaporean music have also been performed in venues such as Hammersmith Town Hall London and the Embassy of Singapore in Washington D.C.
Gu Wei is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University with a full scholarship in the form of a graduate assistantship in music theory. He attained his Master’s degree in Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory, where he was also inducted as a member of the music honour society, Pi Kappa Lambda. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in Music at King’s College London, where he also received the Purcell Prize and Sambrooke Exhibition in Music Prize for academic excellence. His main composition teachers include Kevin Puts, Oscar Bettison, David Smooke, Rob Keeley and Zechariah Goh.
Visit his website here: https://www.guweimusic.com/.