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One of the “core projects” of Waldorf 100 is a series of musical compositions written especially for our Centennial Celebration by master students from composition classes in leading music schools around the world.
The idea: students from some of the best music academies in the world send us compositions that are short, beautiful, sophisticated and playable for school orchestras. A jury headed by the President of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Prof. Elmar Lampson, has selected two compositions, which are now available for Waldorf School orchestras around the world to be performed freely until the end of 2019.
- The demanding piece for large orchestra "Procession-Contraction: Metamorphosis" by Haihui Zhang was selected from many wonderful submissions. Haihui Zhang comes from Shanghai and studies at the Manhatten School of Music.
- The second work selected by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music was "Village" for string orchestra and woodwind by Xu Weizun (English name: Franco), which is easier to play.
Both works will be available at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year on the website.
In the meantime, the winning piece "Procession-Contraction: Metamorphosis" has been premiered, and on 9 February 2019 around 900 people were listening to it in a fully occupied auditorium at the Rudolf Steiner Schule Hamburg-Wandsbek. If you are interested, you can watchit as a YouTube video here.
About Haihui Zhang
Haihui was born in Wuhan, China, where she studied piano and composition with her father from the age of 4. She attended the Music Middle School affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2013 and studied composition with Professor Ying Dind, and further studied piano with Professors Qing Wang, Ting Zhou and Xiangjun Yu. In 2016, she was accepted by Manhattan School of Music and studied composition with Dr. Reiko Fueting. Both as a composer and a pianist, Haihui Zhang has received numerous prizes and scholarships. Her works were performed in Shanghai, Guangxi, Nanjing and New York. She learned about this competition from friends studying in Europe, this being her first encounter with Steiner/Waldorf schools.