Tan Dun Signs with Decca Classics

By Francisco Salazar

Decca Classics has signed the Oscar winner composer and conductor Tan Dun.

In a statement, Tan Dun said, “Decca has always been a dream for me. As a young artist, I could never have imagined that one day we would embrace each other. I’ve worked with many recording labels over the years, but now, connecting with Decca, I understand. It is so pure and classical and, yet cool and fresh and open to all sorts of music and cultures, it is a very special place. I feel deeply honored to be part of it.”

In the 1960s, Tan Dun was a young boy running barefoot through the fields of remote Hunan in China, yet always aware of the sounds and traditions surrounding him. Based in New York, he came known to the mainstream when he won the Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy-award for his score for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” As an UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador, he has scored music for global events such as the reunification of Hong Kong with China, the world’s celebration of the new millennium, and the Beijing Olympics.

Dun has also written music for some of the biggest names in music, such as Lang Lang, and for many of the world’s leading orchestras.He recently created the work “Buddha’s Passion.”