AN ARTIST CHOOSES HER SUBJECT,
THAT IS HER WAY OF PRAISING.
Be loyal to your own instinct
Born in Xi’an, China and currently residing in the United States, Zhujun Pan’s composition have been performed across both China and the East coast of United States. Under the influence of her father Xiaofeng Zhang, a well-known composer in China, Zhujun began her musical studies at the early age of four. Zhujun studied classical piano for 15 years and transitioned to composition in high school. Zhujun pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of music, studying under the famous composer Mingwu Yin. In order to further her study in composition, Zhujun traveled to the United States, and pursued a Master's degree in composition at the Peabody Conservatory. At Peabody, Zhujun's compositions were well acclaimed and led to the Gustav Klem Award for her excellence in composition. After being awarded a full scholarship for Graduate Assistantship in 2016, Zhujun has been pursuing her Doctoral degree in composition at Peabody Conservatory with Michael Hersch.
Zhujun’s musical style is strongly influenced by the different cultural environments she experienced over the time of her composition studies. Inspired by the complexity and impact in her personal experience of change, Zhujun’s music inquires into the unsettledness of individual identity in between two conflicting cultures and explores the possibility of fusing the contrasting differences into a coherent narrative. Both expressive and compelling, Zhujun’s musical language brings out a complex of emotions, and simultaneously provides the listeners with a strong emotional resonance.
I've dedicated myself for the last ten years to be a composer who is loyal to his/her true emotions, and able to provide audience with a strong emotional resonance. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at Peabody Conservatory with Michael Hersch, and I've learned a very important lesson -- trust my own instinct and judgement. Although I am still young at the stage of my composition career, I am fully aware of that composition is a life-long learning process -- learning who you are and what you are capable of. I am very patient about it.
COMMERCIAL MUSIC COMPOSITION
Besides contemporary music, I always think that as a composer, it is important and fun to be versatile, which leads me to explore all kinds different styles of music. My music so far has covered a quite wide range of styles, including contemporary classic music, film scoring, background music for cartoons, traditional Chinese music, and electronic R&B. I have been taking commercial music writing gigs, and I love what I've created. To learn more about my commercial music writing, please explore the site and get in touch with any further interest.
LIST OF MUSICAL WORKS
Transition - For piano solo (2014)
Enigmatic Heart Strings - For violin solo (2015)
Case P013 - For piano Solo (2017)
Holy Land - For Guzheng, Erhu, Clarinet, cello and percussion (2012)
The song of Qin - For Violin and recorder (2013)
Chimera - For piano trio (2015)
Existence - For string quartet (2018)
ORCHESTRA & LARGE ENSEMBLE
Dream - For orchestra (2015)
Foveation - For orchestra (2017)
Chaos - For string orchestra and electronic (2018)
The fair competition - For orchestra (2018)
The greatest faith - For orchestra (2018)
Walking down the aisle (for best friend's wedding) (2018)
Electronic beats (2017)
"Remember me" from "Coco" (song re-arrangement for musical) (2018)
Dawn of hope - For short video scoring (2018)
Peace - For Chinese cartoon scoring (2018)