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  • A Green Jaded Winter
  • Christine Pan (bio)

About the Work

A Green Jaded Winter for solo cello was inspired by my family's immigration to Australia at the end of 2004, when I was just six years old. I remember sitting on our luggage cart as my parents wheeled my brother and me through the gates of the Shanghai international terminal and watching my tearful grandma slowly disappear behind the gates.

The work synergizes Western and Eastern musical aesthetics to embody a personal journey of accepting my cultural identity as Chinese Australian. The sonorities of the cello weave through moments of gut-wrenching tension and delicate resolution. It sonically paints my fear-ridden childhood through to my turbulent adolescence, when I was insecure and deeply troubled by the color of my skin and the language that I spoke at home. With this piece, I hope to encapsulate my ongoing journey of self-acceptance, laughter and tears, self-discrimination and self-celebration.

The work is dedicated to my grandfather, Pan Yigai 潘益慨

Performance Instructions

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Christine Pan

christine pan is an upcoming composer actively involved in numerous interdisciplinary projects. She takes pride in meticulously researching non-Western cultures in order to take inspirations ethically for her works. She has been commended on her versatility as a composer, having created music for dance and games to physics and experimental horror. Her works have been performed by renowned chamber groups such as Goldner Quartet and Ensemble Offspring. She is currently a composer-in-residence for Liverpool Hospital, where she will be composing works for palliative care patients and front-line workers. In the meantime, she aims to continue to showcase underrepresented artists with her incorporated association, Konzertprojekt, and hold composition workshops to encourage youths to explore and develop their creativity.



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