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AAPI Music and Musicians: Home--AAPI composers and web resources

May is AAPI Heritage Month! Celebrate Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in music and explore resources at Curtis library and beyond.

About this guide

This is a guide to resources for and about AAPI music and musicians found at the Curtis library and on the web. It is a work in progress and is neither comprehensive nor complete. Feel free to contact Associate Librarian Pete Williams ( with questions, comments, and suggestions.

Discover more AAPI composers

In addition to the resources on this site, you can search the sites below to discover repetoire by AAPI Composers.

AAPI Arts and Cultural Organizations

AAPI composers in the Curtis library

A partial list of AAPI composers in the Curtis library collections. Click on the links below to find their works, or try doing an author search of the ROC using "family name, given name" and limiting the search to printed music, Curtis recordings, or sound recordings.

Chia-yu Hsu photoChia-yu Hsu (1975-)

Graduated from Curtis in 2000, studied with David Loeb

Scores in the Curtis catalog

Recordings in the Curtis catalog

Mohammed Fairouz (1985-)

Curtis alum; studied with Richard Danielpour

Scores in the Curtis Library

Recordings in the Curtis Library

photo of Rene OrthRene Orth (1985-)

Curtis alum; studied with David Ludwig and Richard Danielpour

Composer in Residence, Opera Philadelphia, 2018-present

Curtis recordings here

Meet the Alumni interview

Interview about her opera Empty the House

Viet Cuong (1990-)

Curtis alum; studied with Jennifer Higdon and David Ludwig

Performances of Cuong's music at Curtis

Performance of "Well-groomed" at Curtis with comments by the composer (Curtis login required)

Bright Sheng (1955-)

Scores in the Curtis library

Recordings in the Curtis library

Watch the Vera Quartet perform Sheng's string quartet no. 4, "Silent Temple" at Curtis on CIMOAR (Curtis login required)