The composer Yikeshan Abudushalamu, born in 1985 in the Xinjiang, autonomous region of the Popular Republic of China. Abudushalamu belongs to the Uigura community, a Turkic Muslim ethnic group spread in the north-west of the country.
From 2008 to 2013, he studied composition at the Shanghai Conservatory, with Guang Zhao and Shirui Zhu, then he completed a master from 2015 to 2019 under the same guidance of Shirui Zhu.
Abudushalamu received several awards and honors: in 2010 the Excellency Award in the National Composition competition for percussions in Shanghai and the first prize at the composition competition, in Shanghai as well. In 2012 he was selected by the Conservatory for a scholarship at the Music University of Genève where he studied composition with Michael Jarrell and electroacoustic with Luis Naon.
In 2013, the Austrian Ensemble XX Jahrhundert presented its quartet for strings “Modulation of three primary colors”, commissioned by the Shanghai New Music, achieving success from critics and public. In 2015 he was guest composer at the Manca Festival in Nice, France. In 2014, he received the Excellence Award of the 11° Electroacoustic composition competition at the International Festival of Beijing Electronic Music.
His piece, Repression, was performed as a world premiere in Rome, by the Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, under the baton of Antonio Pappano, on March 12, 2021, as part of its 2020-2021 Symphonic Season. The composition is due to be performed also on tour by the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Antonio Pappano at the Bonn Opera on August 27, 2022. Repression was also performed in Turin, by the Rai National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michele Gamba, on February 3, 2022, while on November 22 is scheduled at La Scala Theatre in Milan, when it will be performed the Philharmonic della Scala Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Adès.