Hailed as “inventive and breathtaking” by the New York Times, Fang Man is a Chinese-born American composer educated in China, the United States, and Europe. She has been influenced by both Eastern and Western musical and literary traditions, often borrowing materials and ideas from traditional Chinese operas, instrumental music, and folk music, and blending them with Western techniques and forms. Over the years, she has developed a keen interest in interdisciplinary art involving dance, visual arts, film, opera, and theatre.
Her music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra New Music Group under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Basel Sinfonietta, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestre de Lorraine, Minnesota Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldeburgh Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Baldwin-Wallace Symphony Orchestra, USC Wind Ensemble, Prism Saxophone Quartet, Dolce Suono Ensemble, Ensemble UnitedBerlin, Cassatt String Quartet, Music from China, among others.
In 2019-20, she was featured as the composer-in-residence with the Mannheimer Philharmoniker under Boian Videnoff in Germany for their 2019-20 season to celebrate the orchestra's 10th Anniversary, which includes performances and recordings of her orchestral works. Her newest commission from the San Francisco Symphony and League of American Orchestras funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation is a large-scale Sheng (Chinese mouth organ) concerto to be premiered by Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei and conducted by SFSO's new director Esa-Pekka Salonen in the 2021-2022 season.
She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Association Commission, an Underwood/ACO Commission, Toru Takemitsu Award (Japan), Opera America Discovery Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts Award, Siemens Berlin Music Foundation Commission, NewMusicUSA Commission, the 47th UWRF Commissioned Composer, Dolce Suono Ensemble Mahler-Schoenberg Project Commission, Prism Saxophone Quartet/Music From China Commission, USC Provost Grant, Bank of America Gallery Commission, the Darmstadt Stipend-Prize-Award, SACEM Scholarship (France), SC Arts Fellowship, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship, Music from China Award, among others.
She has been invited to new music festivals such as the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Centre Acanthes (France); Darmstadt New Music Festival, Festival Blurred Edges, Global Ear Festival, Sinus~Ton Festival (Germany); Gaudeamus Music Week (the Netherlands); Cabrillo Festival, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, and Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA), among others. She was invited as a resident composer at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida, Aldeburgh Music Centre (UK), and Civitella Ranieri Music Foundation (Italy).
Fang's primary teachers include Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra at Cornell University, where she obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She was chosen to participate in the one-year Computer Music and Composition courses at IRCAM-Paris, where she studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Yan Marez, and Tristan Murail. She also studied with Richard Toensing and Michael Theodore at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before she moved to the United States, she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she studied with Du Ming-Xin and Ye Xiao-Gang.
Fang Man is currently an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of South Carolina School of Music. She previously held positions at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and Duke University.
方满，现任美国南卡罗莱纳大学副教授。被纽约时报称赞为“inventive （有创造力的）”和“breath-taking （令人赞叹 的)”，作品曾由许多世界著名乐团，如美国旧金山交响乐团、洛杉矶交响乐团新音乐组、荷兰皇家音乐厅管弦乐团室内乐组、德国曼海姆爱乐交响乐团、瑞士巴塞尔交响乐团、斯洛伐克爱乐交响乐团、东京爱乐交响乐团、法国洛林交响乐团、美国明尼苏达交响乐团、美国作曲家交响乐团等演出；她在2012年获得古根海姆大奖（Guggenheim Fellowship）并由此奖资助创作一部大型歌剧；曾获得日本武满徹作曲奖，电子音乐及交响乐作品在法国蓬皮杜艺术中心、纽约卡耐基及洛杉矶华特迪士尼等著名音乐厅演出。获得很多知名基金会委约，如美国库斯维司基基金会（Koussevitzky Foundation)、美国歌剧协会（Opera America）、国家艺术基金会 （National Endowment for the Arts）、 比利时伊丽莎白女皇比赛 （Queen Elizabeth Competition）、德国的西门子音乐基金会（Siemens Berlin Music Foundation）等。方满五岁学习钢琴，十二岁学习作曲，十四岁考入广州星海音乐学院附中师从曹光平教授学习作曲；后以第一名成绩考入中央音乐学院作曲系，先后师从叶小刚和杜鸣心教授；赴美国留学获康奈尔大学硕士和博士学位，师从普利策奖得主史蒂芬. 斯塔基 （Steven Stucky）教授；2006年被法国蓬皮杜电子音乐研究中心 IRCAM选入学习电子音乐及现代作曲技法。
"a concise, involving little drama in a spicy harmonic language"
— The Baltimore Sun