Huang Ruo smiling inside a recording studio with microphones behind him

Huang Ruo | In the Studio

Ahead of the world premiere of City of Floating Sounds, Huang Ruo swaps his New York studio for the home of the BBC Philharmonic in Salford.

Ruo is widely recognised in the classical world as one of the most exciting young composers working today. He talks about his fascinating back catalogue and what inspires his work – from witnessing discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic to a visit to the Dong minority people in Guizhou Province, China. Plus hear the first snippet of City of Floating Sounds.

City of Floating Sounds runs from 6 to 8 June 2024. Guided by a bespoke mobile app, audiences will walk through the streets of Manchester listening to fragments of the symphony – before a world premiere of the full score performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Gemma New.

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