Huijuan Ling is an award-winning and internationally-performed composer who’s currently based in Durham, NC. She likes to draw her inspirations from extramusical sources and enjoys writing for novel ensembles and discovering interesting combinations of sound. Her music has been performed by musicians and ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, JACK Quartet, Line Upon Line Percussion, Patchwork Duo, pianist Gloria Cheng, and others.


In 2021, she was awarded the William Klenz Prize in Composition; in 2020, she was among the recipients of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2019, she won the third prize in the SIMM 2019 International Harpsichord Composition Competition; in 2016, she was a finalist in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Orchestral Composition Competition; and in 2011, she won the Distinguished Work in Experimental Music Award from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her works have been presented in calls for scores and music festivals such as Yarn/Wire International Institute, Weekend of Chamber Music, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, Line Upon Line Winter Composer Festival, and Midwest Composer’s Symposium (2015, 2016).


Some of Huijuan’s recent projects include Ondulation, a new string quartet commissioned by Ciompi Quartet; From Above, From Below, for trombone and organ, commissioned by Michael Unger; a newly rearranged version of Stranding/Whalefall, commissioned by and premiered at the 2021 Weekend of Chamber Music; and Toward a Rediscovery, a new piece written for Imani Winds. Huijuan is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at Duke University, studying with Stephen Jaffe. She received her MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her BA at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her recent teachers include Andrew Waggoner, Shih-Hui Chen, Michael Fiday, Douglas Knehans, and Miguel A. Roig-Francoli.

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