HO Tze-yeung 何子揚

"The juxtaposition of the grotesque and the ethereal," "brutal," and "visceral and gritty" are among some audience descriptions for Tze Yeung's oeuvre. His interests in composition include the development of different forms of intra- and inter-personal symbolisms and the use of multilingual texts and polycultural contexts in theatrical works. His musical materials are often drawn from the enigmatic third space established in his upbringing between distant cultures of three continents. Tze Yeung Ho (b. 1992) hails from Oslo, Norway and self-identifies as a 'Norwegian-Canadian composer of Cantonese descent residing in Estonia.' Tze Yeung represented Norway in the UNM (Ung Nordisk Musikk) festival of 2015 held in Helsinki, Finland, where his saxophone concerto "ingest thrice, as prescribed;" received its premiere by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI). He would represent Norway again in 2018 with his chamber operetta in collaboration with writer Linda Gabrielsen, "jeg gir faen i magnoliaen?" in Bergen, Norway. He is the first prize recipient of Land's End Ensemble's 17th annual composition competition. Highlighted events include his participation as a resident artist in the PRAKSIS intedisciplinary arts program held in Oslo, a composer in the Fortellerfestival 2017 (Norwegian Storytelling Festival), collaboration with Norwegian dramaturge Marius Kolbenstvedt, and his involvement in an opera project with the Oslo National Art Academy (KHiO) at the Ultima Festival. Tze Yeung has also worked with an array of performers and artists in different facets, including the NyNorsk messingkvintett (NO), Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (NO), Elisabeth Hetherington (NL/CA), Matti Pulkki (FI), Caroline Hausen (DE), MolOt Ensemble (RU), Ukho Ensemble (UA), Heidi Dahlsveen (NO), Thirty Fingers Trio (LT), Honghong Zheng (NO/ZH), Decho Ensemble (US), Michael Bridge (CA) and so forth. A selection of Tze Yeung's scores are available at NB Noter, the new music publications of the Norwegian National Archives, and as well at the Canadian Music Centre. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he holds a bachelor and a master degree respectively. Tze Yeung is currently completing his PhD studies in composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. His former and current mentors in composition include Gary Kulesha (CA), Trond Reinholdtsen (NO), Asbjørn Schaathun (NO), Lars Petter Hagen (NO), Alexander Weinstangel (CA/HR), Toivo Tulev (EE), Rune Rebne (NO) and James Rolfe (CA). Tze Yeung spent a significant part of his childhood living in the corner of his family's Chinese restaurant in Finnmark, in the far north of Norway. Thus, studying Chinese restaurants in the obscure regions of the Nordic and Baltic countries has become an ongoing venture in his life. Tze Yeung currently splits his time between Tallinn, Oslo and Helsinki.

Western Orchestra


Tune Jejune (2016) [7’30”]


they combed their hair all the same even after Babel fell (2016) [15’]


ingest thrice, as prescribed; (2014) [15’30”]

      for solo alto sx., fl., tsax., bsax., pno./




shulammite (d) (2017) [8’]

     for vln., vlc., pno.

shulammite (c) (2017) [11’]

     for vln., vlc., pno.

vev.myriade (2017) [12’]

     for Hardanger fiddle, violin solo, a.fl, c.a., hn., pno., perc., vla., vlc., dbl. ring dem som (sk)river postkort og si at blekket har tørket (2017) [10’]

     for solo c.a., solo vln., cl., b.cl., hn., pno., perc., vla., vlc., dbl.

Formal Procedures (2016) [10’01”]

     for 2 alto saxophones and counter

shulammite (b) (2016) [6’30”]

     for vln., vlc., pno.

shulammite (a) (2016) [7’]

     for vln., vlc., pno.

å ha rom mellom mine negler (2016) [8’]

     for acc., vln., vla., vlc.

fold min ryggrad pent om jeg dukker i betong (2016) [8’30”]

     for 2 hp., 2 vla., prepared pno.

Klaverkvintett (2015) [15’]

     for pno., 2 vln., vla., vlc.

Portraits of a Fingernail (2014) [10’]

     for 2 perc., hp.


tusenfryd som et grøntlys (2017) [11’]

     for accordion and green lights

hør på… / 聽... (2016) [12’]

     for guzheng

utrolig varmt vann (2016) [4’30”]

     for accordion

å trøste (2015) [10’]

     for recorders and speakers


så når han kommer (2016) [14’]

     for countertenor, 2 tpt., hn., tbn., tba., 5 speakers (+ tape)

Canadian Love Songs (2014) [35’]

     for baritone voice, cor anglais, piano, harpsichord, dbl.

Incidental Music: Theatre and Operettas 23.27 (2017) [70’]

     for storyteller Heidi Dahlsveen and accordion

Utreise (2017) [12’]

    for storyteller/slam poet Oda Aunan and accordion

jeg gir faen i magnoliaen?!: operetta (2017) [20’]

    for soprano, baritone voices, 2 accordions and cello

leier.租客.tenant: theatre (2016) [40’]

    for soprano, 2 actors and mixed ensemble

Xerxine, Wendelle and Myrtl: operetta (2014) [15’]

    for 2 soprani, pno., perc.

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