Zhou Tian takes a bow after the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of “Concerto for Orchestra.” Photo by M Berneking, courtesy CSO.
Composer Zhou Tian* of the Michigan State University College of Music says he set out to write a love letter to a symphony orchestra when he was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). The resulting “Concerto for Orchestra” penned by the associate professor of composition captured the attention of the Recording Academy and placed Zhou in the running for a GRAMMY in January 2018.
In late November, Zhou heard his work had been nominated to receive the premier recording industry award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Zhou's composition was one of three commissioned works on the 2016 CSO album “Concertos for Orchestras”—which also grabbed a GRAMMY nomination in the Best Orchestral Performance under the direction of CSO Conductor and Music Director Louis Langrée.