COUNCIL MEMBERS' BIOGRAPHIES
Dr. Mui Kwong-chiu
Dr. Mui Kwong-chiu received both PhD and MPh from the University of Hong Kong in music composition. He also graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) majoring in Cinematography. In 2018, he was awarded the BU Distinguished Communication Alumni Award in its 50th anniversary for his musical achievements and contribution to Hong Kong society. In 2020 he was awarded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council ‘The 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Award’ Artist of the Year (Music).
Dr. Mui composes music for various local and overseas arts groups as wells as music festivals, including The first multimedia beach water concert in Sai Kung for the first Hong Kong Youth Festival 2018; Multimedia concert Thousand Sails for the World Hakka Conference 2017; International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Hong Kong Opening ceremony in Queen Elizabeth Stadium 2016; the Hong Kong Baptist University 60 anniversary Celebration Concert 2016; the Opening Ceremony of 2010 Hong Kong Week of Shanghai Expo in Shanghai Expo (simultaneous broadcasted by RTHK and Shanghai TV Station); East Asian Games Closing ceremony in Hong Kong (in Hong Kong Coliseum) 2009; the historic 2008 Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong in Bauhinia Square.
In addition, Dr. Mui composes music for large-scale theatre production: Chinese Music Theatre "Ode to Water 千水情" for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) in 2012 (Re-run in 2017) celebrating its 35th Anniversary Season Opening Concert; "Intoxicating Nature 山花醉" in 2011, (Re-run in 2012) for HKCO; Seven Wisemen from the "Bamboo Grove 竹林七賢" for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRT); "Reincarnation of the Prunus Mume 紅梅再世" for HKRT celebrating its 40th anniversary; music for drama for "Rashomon 羅生門" ; "Shake Shake Speare 莎士對比亞" ; "About Thunderstorm About Sunrise 雷雨對日出"; music for dance drama "Spring Ritual and Eulogy 蘭亭。祭姪" for the Hong Kong Dance Company; music for film "Cream Soda and Milk 忌廉溝鮮奶" as well as over 50 episodes of RTHK TV productions including "Histories of Hong Kong, I, II, III" ; "Man and Universe" ; "Our Scientists" ; "Stories of Islands" and many others. He also composes for Asian Composer League, ISCM, Hong Kong Arts Festival and harmonica ensemble works for World Harmonica Festival (WHF).
His large-scale Western symphonic pieces include "Symphonic Poem Genesis 創世紀" ; "Erhu Concerto: The Heroes 大漠之歌" , "Double Concerto for Piano and Flute The Great Earth 大地" (2017); "Concerto for Suona and Guanzi Bauhinia 嗩吶管子協奏典－紫荊花" ; and music for band "Song of the Sea 海之歌".
Dr. Mui is currently the Chairman of Hong Kong Composers Guild. In 2013, he represented Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and RTHK Radio 4 to attend the International Rostrum of Composers held in Prague, Czech Republic. He also attended International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) in Vancouver in 2017 and in Peking in 2018 respectively. He is the Honorary Advisor of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of CUHK (Music programme); the Honorary Advisor of Tien Ma Chorus and Yuen Long Children’s Choir; the Honorary Composer in Residence of Hong Kong Harmonica Association; the Adjudicator of the World Harmonica Festival and Honorary Adjudicator for Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival (APHF) since 2000.
Dr. Leung Chi-hin
Dr. Leung Chi-hin was born in a metropolitan city - Hong Kong. With diverse cultural background, his compositions mix with both East and West thoughts, and with special interests in timbral and textural explorations. Leung’s compositions and recordings are published by Schott Music (Germany), MOECK (Germany), Edition HH (U.K.), PARMA Recordings (U.S.), From the Top Music (U.S.), Oxford University Press (China) and Hong Kong Composers’ Guild.
His works have been featured by ISCM World New Music Days, UNESCO International “Arts for Peace” Festival, International Rostrum of Composers, International Electronic Music Week, World Choir Games, International Handbell Symposium, ISME World Conference on Music Education, Asian Recorder Festival, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Vienna, Taipei Traditional Arts Festival, Musicarama, Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and many.
He is currently a lecturer at the Education University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Anthony Cheng
Dr. Anthony Cheng’s music consists of an eclectic inspiration of a variety of Western musical styles. Cheng holds M.Mus. at King’s College, London and Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong. Cheng is the producer and director of his music production company Takumi Works Limited which produced vastly for pop songs, TV jingles, TV/film soundtracks, Musicals, music for multi-media projects and CD productions.
Cheng is successful in both pop and contemporary music industries. One of his Canto-pop songs receives the best airing index of four Hong Kong leading radio/TV stations in Hong Kong pop song charts 2005. This result gets him the Joint Song Award for Performance Excellence, the 2nd place of Favorite Hit Top 10 from Commercial Radio 2, and the 28th RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Awards. Besides, Cheng’s compositions have been performed in different music festivals such as International Double Reed Society (IDRS) in Tokyo, International Electronic Music Festival (Musicacoustica-Beijing) in Beijing, ISCM in Hong Kong, MUSICARAMA in Hong Kong and Asia Ocarina Festival in Japan. Recently, Cheng is awarded "Best Serious Composition" in CASH Golden Sail Music Awards in 2015 with his commissioned multimedia work Lost and Regain.
Cheng is currently teaching composition and electronic music at Hong Kong Baptist University, Kingston University (UK) and Lingnan University.
Ms. Viola Yuen
Ms. Viola Yuen is an active composer, arranger, conductor, and an A Cappella singer who is enthusiastic about the application of human voices in various musical compositions. Her music displayed a unique style, originality and profound emotion.
Currently she is an adjunct lecturer of The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and the Bachelor of Music (Honours) programme of Kingston University (UK), the Music Director of the Sregnis Singer, the first contemporary A Cappella group in Hong Kong, and a director of Hong Kong Composers’ Guild.. Since 1990, she has been appointed as a conductor of the Diocesan Choir - Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.
Graduated from Hong Kong Baptist College and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she is now a candidate for Doctoral Degree of Music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Graduate School. Viola is a holder of Lions Joseph Koo Music Foundation Scholarship in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and also the The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Scholarships in 2014. Her works have been featured at the International Rostrum of Composers, Asian Composers’ League, Musicarama, and International Handbell Symposium. Some of her works are published by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild as well as the H’ing Publishing (HK).
Dr. Austin Yip
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Austin Yip’s works have been performed worldwide, festivals he participated include ISCM, ACL and many more. Yip obtained his PhD and Master of Philosophy (composition) degrees at the University of Hong Kong. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a “high distinction in general scholarship” and a FTCL from Trinity College, London.
Yip is the holder of James Kitagawa Memorial Music Scholarship, Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, Henry Holbrook Scholarship, James King Scholarship, Eisner Prize, Milton C. Witzel Memorial Prize, Rayson Huang Scholarship, CASH Best Commissioned Piece Award and the winner of the 1st Singapore Asian Composers Festival. Yip’s works are published by ABRSM (UK), BabelScores (France), Ablaze Records (US/ Australia), Hugo Productions (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Composers Guild. He has taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong Institute of Education.
He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Dr. Au Tin-yung,
Dr. Au Tin-yung, Alex was born in Hong Kong. He is an active composer, conductor and jazz pianist. He received his Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Composition at the University of York, under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Simaku. Alex’s works have been widely performed in different places including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Zhuhai, Macau, Taiwan, Italy and the U.K. His chamber work “Dao” has been selected as finalists in Duosolo Emerging Composer Competition 2012. Alex also learned Orchestra Conducting from Dr. John Stringer in the U.K. and Roberto Paternostro in Berlin.
Besides being a composer, Alex is an enthusiastic jazz pianist. He met one of his mentors, John Taylor, when he studied in York. Alex has also worked with a wide range of top musicians including Lonnie Williams, Ted Lo, Kazuo Takeda, Iain Ballamy and Julian Arguelles, etc. and also performed in several International Jazz Festivals.
In recent years, Alex did a lot of research on compositional techniques regarding pitch structuring. His book “The Common Features in Music in the Extended Common Practice” was published in 2013. He is currently continuing his research on integrating electronic technology with serious music in a PhD in Composition at HKU, with the support from the university postgraduate scholarship.
Dr. Chan Kai-young assimilates various Asian cultural traditions into his output from concert works to film scores, and he is particularly drawn to the musicality of Chinese literature expressed through the tonal Cantonese language. His music is performed across the continents by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, PRISM Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, International Ensemble Modern Academy, and Hong Kong New Ensemble, among other prominent performers. His selected works are released on Ablaze Records, PARMA Recordings, and Innova Recordings, with scores published by Editions Peters (London) and Central Conservatory of Music Press(Beijing).
Chan’s music is presented on such international stages as ISCM World Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, International Forum of New Music Manuel Enriquez, soundSCAPE Festival, Internationalen Ferienkurse Darmstadt and Chinese Composers’ Festival. He is part of the first artist delegation of the American Composers Forum to the Havana Festival for Contemporary Music in Cuba, a historic tour documented by the National Public Radio. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition from at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught undergraduate courses in music theory, musicianship, piano and erhu.
He joined the faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2016.
Dr. Chris Hung established himself as one of the most notable Hong Kong composers of the younger generation.
He received the Doctoral degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the tutorlege of Prof. Chan Wing Wah and Prof. Victor Chan. His approximate 60 creative outputs include nearly ten large-scale Western and Chinese orchestral works and other chamber works. Hung’s compositions have enjoyed premieres over fifteen countries including United States, Finland and Japan etc. His music style is characterized by its refined and carefully arranged kaleidoscopic details, often displaying a rich but clear fabric in a type of ordered chaos merging from the East and West.
Recent accolades include the First Prize in “Sofia 2013” International Composition Competition, Second Prize in Poznan International Composers' Competition; Finalist comprises 2015 SCO International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition, International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition, "Florence String Quartet Call For Scores" etc. His works were featured at the international festivals, such as 2015 ISCM World Music Days, ACL Festival and Darmstadt Summer Course etc. Hung has collaborated with many orchestras and ensembles, such as Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra and Helsinki Chamber Choir etc.
Part of Dr. Hung’s music score is published by French publisher BabelScores.
Dr. Lee Kar-tai, Phoebus
Dr. Lee Kar-tai, Phoebus is an active young composer, contemporary-music researcher and educator. His music and papers have been performed and presented at international music festivals and university conferences. He attained the Doctor of Music degree (D. Mus.) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was the director of the department New Music Ensemble and part time lecturer there.
He is currently a guest lecturer at the Education University of Hong Kong, as well as editorial assistant and daily music programme director at RTHK Radio 4. He has been teaching music and conducting composition programmes at universities, colleges and schools, giving workshops and lectures to school teachers and the general public, and being a writer for composition teaching materials.
At various occasions, he also performs as a choral, orchestral or chamber-music conductor, harpsichordist, organist, and pianist on both traditional and contemporary works.
Dr. Ng Chun-hoi,
Dr. Ng Chun-hoi, Daniel serves as a music educator, composer and music critic. Ng studied composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University. He also undertook research in Chinese music and teacher education and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Ng has taught music courses at various institutions such as the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. He is presently the Dean of the Hong Kong Music Institute where he also teaches composition, music theory and Chinese music history. .
He is often commissioned for new works by different organizations and a number of his work has been performed and broadcast in Hong Kong and overseas. His recent publications include vocal and choral compositions published in an anthology: the Hong Kong Vocal Music Collection, a chamber work Lyric Dialogues published in discography by Hugo Productions and a violin duet, Nocturne published by Red House Editions.
Mr. Lau Wing-fung, Galison
Mr. Lau’s compositions were performed or broadcasted in many places and events, including New Music From Hong Kong Concert in NYC; Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival; Intimacy of Creativity 2017 Contemporary Song Festival; ACL 2013 Singapore; ISCM – ACL World Music Days 2007; 2006 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris; the Lilian Baylis Theatre in Sadlers Wells, London; Musicarama; New Generation.
Galison got several commissions, including Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival 2018; Helsyd Piano Trio with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble in 2017; Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014; Spotlight On Young Musicians Concert Series 1; Musicarama 2010, 2012, and 2017. In 2009, Scents got the first prize of Harry Archer Memorial Scholarship. He was asked to compose a piece for the inauguration of the Wellcome Theatre in HKAPA.
He worked with several renowned ensembles, including Munich Chamber Orchestra; Parker String Quartet; MIVOS Quartet; RTHK Quartet; RTHK Chamber Soloists; Varshavsky Shapira Piano Duo.