composer and writer

Best Classical Crossover Album

"A lovely, soulful piece...The music captures
and conveys the essence of expectation;
it is both poignant and important."

Yo Yo Ma

"an otherworldly, dreamily poetic short story...
rich, singing tone and sense of drama"

New York Times

"Precious...soaring lyrical lines"

Opera News
Metropolitan Opera


Awakening from a Disappearing Garden
Carnegie Hall with YO-YO MA and
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Lost in Shanghai
New Musical Play


Japan Tour
with shakuhachi virtuoso Kojiro Umezaki & AANMI

June 10-23, 2018

Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Nijo Castle, Kyoto
Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
National Museum, Fukuoka
Hiroshima University Sataka Hall
Ryusenji, Oita
Pastoral Hall, Iwakuni

Lost in Shanghai
A new play with music

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Theatre Row, New York City
May and June, 2016
May and June, 2017

Music at Aaron Copland House
and Salt Bay Chamberfest

New Commission Fragrance of the Sea
August and September 2017

Bridging the Gap
Curated by Robert Sirota

June 4, 2017
Conversations with Robert Sirota
and Steve Smith, songs from Lost Shanghai

Museum of Chinese American
(MOCA) in New York

Songs from Lost in Shanghai
Sponsored by Bloomberg News
May 24, 2016

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Music: Imagery of Water, I. Drops

for guitar, harp, double bass and percussion

Performed & recorded at
The Johns Hopkins University