Viet Cuong is a contemporary American composer known for his innovative and compelling compositions. Born in 1990 in Princeton, New Jersey, he began his musical journey as a guitarist and pianist. He then went on to study music composition at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and later earned a Masters of Music degree from Princeton University. 

Cuong's music is characterized by its rhythmic complexity, vibrant colors, and emotional depth. He draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including nature, art, literature, and his own personal experiences. His works often feature intricate textures, rhythmic vitality, and a fusion of contemporary and traditional musical elements. 

The Des Moines Symphony will showcase one of his most acclaimed pieces, "Re(new)al" at our second Masterworks concert of the 23-24 season. The piece was awarded the 2009 Peabody/Trio Anima Nova Composition Competition, and features a wide variety of percussion instruments, in addition to flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Be sure to listen to the various textures and rolling themes throughout the piece.  

Don't miss your chance to hear the work of this talented emerging composer. Get your tickets to Masterworks 2: Discover Scheherazade.