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CHENG Chin-man

Cheng Chin Man is presently an artist in residence of The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) in Hong Kong. He is fascinated by both visual art and music. His works include painting, installation and contemporary music.

He studied Sound Design and Music Recording at The Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts and graduated in 2000. In the same year he was awarded "Best Student Music Composer" and "Best Student Sound Designer" for theatre production by the academy. He then began to focus on composing and was self-taught. From 2002 to 2004 he was funded by The British Council Chevening Postgraduate Scholarships for his Masters Degree in Composition (Mus.M in Composition) at The University of Manchester. He studied composition with Professor Philip Grange, and electro-acoustic composition with Dr. David Berezan.

His electro-acoustic composition “Amalgamation” (2004) was featured and also his composer webpage was launched by Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music (US) in 2011. His “Piano Suite No.88.1-11” (2007-2011) was premiered in Hong Kong in 2012 by Jeremy Young, and is released on CD by The Hong Kong Composers’ Guild in 2013. The piano suite consists of 11 piano pieces of different styles. Each piece consists of only the 88 different pitches available on the piano, and each of those 88 pitches appear only once. It is believed that this is the first time in music history that this concept has been applied. Cheng Chin Man has developed certain unique musical concepts in his output. His inspiration draws from the duality between tradition and contemporary, naivety and sophistication, intimacy and distance.

鄭展文現任香港賽馬會創意藝術中心駐場藝術家,對視覺藝術與音樂同樣熱愛,創作範疇包括繪畫、裝置藝術和當代音樂。於2000年修畢香港演藝學院音響設計及音樂錄音課程,並於同年獲舞台最佳音響設計及最佳學生作曲家獎,期後開始專注於作曲並自學。於2002-2004年獲英國文化協會志奮領獎學金赴英國曼徹斯特大學修畢作曲碩士 (Mus.M in Composition) 課程,師隨 Professor Philip Grange 研習作曲,並隨 Dr. David Berezan 研習電子音樂。

他的電子音樂作品Amalgamation (2004)於2011年獲美國皮西亞斯現代音樂中心推薦,並獲該組織設立作曲家網頁。作品Piano Suite No.88.1-11(2007-2011) 於2012年由鋼琴家Jeremy Young於香港首演,並收錄於由香港作曲家聯會唱片2013年出版之唱片。此作品包含11首不同風格之樂曲,當中每首樂曲僅由鋼琴88個不同的樂音組成,每個樂音只被採用一次,相信是音樂歷史上首次以此方式創作之樂曲。他的作品中可見一些獨特的音樂手法及概念,並且多帶有傳統與現代、率真與精緻、親切與疏離之兩極性。



  • Composition for drama "Blood Wedding" (2000)


  • Life of Time, Time of Life, 88 instruments (2001)

  • Trace the Origin of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, orchestral version: perform the score in reverse (2001)

  • On The Way, small orchestra (2005)


  • Wave Composition No. 1, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos and 2 double basses (2000-01)

  • 11-Tone Composition - Still Life, flute, clarinet, cello and piano (2001)

  • 5-Tone Composition - In One, woodwind quintet (2001)

  • 7-Tone Composition - Silver on Air, 7 flutes (2002)

  • Tone Composition – City, 12 cellos (2002)

  • Study for Clarinet and Cello (2002-03)

  • Eternal, string quartet (2003)

  • Insane Colour, trombone and percussion (2003-04)

  • Woodwind Quintet (2004)

  • Duet for Dizi and Flute (2009)

  • Day in Day out, violin, clarinet and piano (2012)

Solo Instrument

  • Violin Etude - After Rain (2005)

  • HGTA, flute (2006)


  • Fantasy on Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, piano (2002)

  • For Two Pianos (2004)

  • Piano Piece No. 1 (2007)

  • Wedding March + Canon = ?, piano (2008)

  • Piano Suite No.88.1-11, piano (2007-2011) [Each piece consists of only 88 different pitches of the piano]


  • Three Sound, electroacoustic piece (2000)

  • Forest, electroacoustic piece (2000)

  • Trace the Origin of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, electroacoustic version: reverse the audio file of the symphony (2001)

  • Amalgamation, electroacoustic piece (2004)

  • Disorder Ligeti’s Désordre, electroacoustic piece (2007)

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