Deqing Wen, a Chinese Swiss composer, studied composition at Fujian Normal University (China) with Guo Zu-Rong, the China Conservatory of Music with Shi Wan-Chun and Luo Zhong-Rong, le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève (Switzerland) with Jean Balissat, le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (France) with Gilbert Amy, and Columbia University (US) as a visiting scholar under Tristan Murail. He has been listed in Who’s Who in the World of Music by Cambridge Biographic Center. He is currently a professor of Composition at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Artistic Director of Shanghi New Music Festival. He is also a member of the Societé Suisse pour les Droits des Auteurs d’Oeuvres and vice-chairman of the China-ASEAN musicians union.
Deqing Wen is deeply influenced by Chinese traditional arts and philosophy, which have provided him so many inspirations for his musical works yet without leaving any track. His works are considered brilliant in techniques, full of emotions, exquisite with subtle tensions, and bold in blazing new trails but readily understood, drawing on different musical genres. They are so unique and original that they have won him world acclaim. Zhou Haihong, the professor of the Central Conservatory of music, once wrote, wen’s music “strikes a balance between complexity and clarity, between mystery and rationality, between shock and subtlety, between fantasy and rigor and between exactness and profundity”. Derek Weber of Salzburger Nachrichten wrote after the concert of Vienna Modern 1999 that “Wen's music is so fresh like the morning dew and exciting as a detective story and enjoyable as an evening with the best friends.”
His works have been performed at festivals such as the Festival Archipel (Switzerland), Festival AMADEUS(Switzerland), DAVOS FESTIVAL - young artists in concert(Switzerland), Vienna Modern, ISCM World Contemporary Music festival, Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music(Germany), the Wittener Tage fur neue Kammermusik(Germany), Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), Asian Composers League Festival（Japan, Australia), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Taibei International new Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Beijing Modern Festival of Music, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and Shanghai New Music Week, etc.
Deqing Wen has been honored with concerts portrait, as well as master classes, dedicated to his compositions in China, Switzerland, France, Denmark, the United States, Germany and Israel. His works are published by Swiss Musical Edition, Bärenreiter-Verlag (Germany), Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press, Beijing People’s Music Publishing House. His albums are released by Stradivarius Records (Italy), Grammont Portrait Contemporary SWISS, Naxos Records, Telos Music Records, Shanghai Music Publishing house and Fujian Audio and Video Publishing House.
Prominent orchestras that have performed Deqing Wen’s music include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ensemble Contrechamps (Switzerland), Collegium Novum Zürich, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain（Switzerland）, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (France), L’ orchestre Piotou-Charente (France), The Ensemble intercontemporain (France), the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble XX.Jahrhundert Wien, Debussy String Quartet (France), Arditti Quartet (U.K), Ars Nova (Denmark), Taipei Chamber choir,Israel Contemporary Players, Janacek Academy Ensemble, PluralEnsemble(Spain), Mivos Quartet (U.S), Yarn/Wire Piano & Percussion quartet, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne(Canada), the KBS Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan,China National Symphony Orchestra, shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Shanghai Sinfonietta, etc.
Wen is a chosen composer of the Prize of the State of Geneva 1993, the Prix Cultura 1999 of the Foundation Kiwanis and the Composer Prize 2001 of the Foundation Leenaards of Switzerland.