Composers' Biography 作曲家簡介
Boo Chun-kit 布俊傑
Born in Hong Kong, Boo Chun Kit started learning the piano at his young age, while began to compose in secondary school. Boo is currently studying in the Bachelor of Music with major in composition at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2013, his work Gather Instant was performed in the SOUND- IMAGination: Hong Kong One Moment Concert. In 2014, his work Iridescent Clouds for string quartet was selected to perform in the New Generation 2014 Concert. He is also keen on multimedia production, and exploring music through different presentations and perspectives.
Chan Chin-ting 陳展霆
Composer Chin Ting (Patrick) CHAN (b. 1986) has held faculty positions at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Kansas City Kansas Community College. His music has been featured throughout the North and South Americas, Europe and Asia; at festivals such as the International Computer Music Conference, the International Rostrum of Composers, IRCAM’s ManiFeste, June in Buffalo and the Wellesley Composers Conference, among many others. His works are published with the ABLAZE Records, Darling’s Acoustical Delight, Melos Music, Music from SEAMUS, Navona Records/PARMA Recordings, the SCI Journal of Music Scores and Unfolding Music Publishing (ASCAP).
Chan Ho-yi David 陳浩貽
David Ho-Yi Chan is a young composer, conductor and organist born in Hong Kong. His paper and compositions had been presented in various international academic occasions, including 2nd Chinese Composers’ Conference (2013), International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days (2014) and Asian Composer League Festival & Conference (2015).
With the support from CASH Music Fund and Jebsen & Co. Choral Arts Youth Scholarship, Chan is currently pursuing master of composition at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Joseph Horovitz. He is also serving as the Director of Music at John Keble Church in London.
Chan Kai-young 陳啟揚
A Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Kai-Young Chan’s music is performed across the continents by leading ensembles such as Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Daedalus Quartet, International Ensemble Modern Academy, and Hong Kong New Ensemble. He was featured in ISCM World Music Days (Slovenia in 2015, Belgium in 2012), Havana Contemporary Music Festival (Cuba), International Forum of New Music (Mexico), Chinese Composers’ Festival (Hong Kong), Darmstadt Ferienkurse(Germany), Risuonanze Festival(Italy), and International Rostrum of Composers(Helsinki). His music is published by Editions Peters and recorded on Ablaze Records and PARMA Recordings. Please visit http://www.chankaiyoung.com for more information.
Chris Hung 洪銘健
Chris Hung’s music has been performed in many countries and he has collaborated with various ensembles and orchestras around the world. Hung has participated many international music festivals, such as ISCM World Music Days and 45th Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music etc. Accolades include Finalists in 2015 and 2011 SCO Chinese Orchestral Composition, 2014 Sibelius Composition Competition, "Florence String Quartet Call For Scores" Composition Competition and First Prize in “Sofia 2013” International Composition Competition etc. Dr. Hung’s scores are published by French publisher Babelscores.
Currently Dr. Hung serves as one of the Directors of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild.
Kwok Tsun-huen 郭雋晅
Kwok Tsun Huen, Corvus, graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of music composition and a Master of Conducting. His major composition teachers included Dr. Christopher J. Keyes and Dr. Joyce W. C. Tang.
After finishing the study in the University, Corvus went to the Shanghai Music Conservatory to have further studies on Violin Making. Ever since primary school, Corvus started learning to play the violin, then shortly after, the piano, the guitar and also the Guzheng. He even built an electric guitar to try to understand the instrument as a technical device.
He is the Foley artist of the film <26 Happiness Road>, and also the Music director of several dramas and musicals, including <Dad! I'm 30 already>, <Cocoon Love>, and <The Living of 4 Citizens>. His works were selected in the New Generation Composition Competition 2012-2014 and was being performed by several ensembles and being broadcast on RTHK. In 2015, his work <The Four Beast> is being performed in USA.
Lam Lai 林儷
Lam Lai was born in Hong Kong. She studied music composition in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Her compositions are performed in public around globe include orchestral, ensemble, electronic and interdisciplinary works. As a composer, she tends to create new hybrids of media and exploring sounds experience in music. She has focused on combining conventional performance practices with other forms of art such as electronic sound, visual art, film, literature and theatre. Currently, she is working with the music-theatre company de Veenfabriek for the performance RAARRR and touring around the Netherlands.
Lau Hiu-kong 劉曉江
Lau Hiu Kong, Lawrence is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music, major in composition at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Lau is active on promoting his music. His piano trio, Thorns, was performed on the concert of 32nd Asian Composers League Conference & Festival in Japan. Last year, His works, Cicada’s cry for Pipa, Sheng, Woodwind Quintet and Xiao for four Clarinets were performed in Beijing and Italy respectively.
As a student composer, Lau has written for not only chamber music but also theatre, where he explores various concepts and languages. He has participated in several theatre productions, including Claustrophobic Space and Post-Guangxi.
Livia Lin 凌崎偵
Livia Lin is the 2011 recipient of the Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. A Berklee College of Music graduate double majoring in Music Production & Engineering and Film Scoring, Lin was awarded scholarship to study composition at Tufts University where she received her MA. She has presented her compositions at the Asian Composers’ League Festivals and the Festival of Women in Arts, to name a few. Active in classical music productions, Lin has been credited as audio engineer in albums of composer Arthur Levering, Bang on a Can bassist Robert Black, and the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir. Lin also holds an LRSM (distinction) in piano performance.
Lun Wai-kit 倫偉傑
EDWARD LUN, a music free-lancer graduated from the Hong Kong Institute of Education with Bachelor of Education (Secondary), studied composition with Dr. LAI SHEUNG-PING. He is now working as a composer, arranger, producer, etc., and had co-operated with music organizations and artists such as Chan Fai-young and Hilarious Productions Limited, etc. He is now a member of Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, musician in Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia, and teaching brass and band/orchestra in several schools.
Shao Litang 邵麗棠
Shao Litang is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Chan. She received her Master of Music degree majoring composition at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Shao’s Chinese ensemble work Four Pieces of Chinese Calligraphy for Dizi, Soprano sheng, Pipa, Yangqin and Erhu was shortlisted in the score submission of “Music form the Heart” held by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra(HKCO) and was performed by HKCO in the concert. This piece also received the third prize of the 7th Con Tempo Chinese New Chamber Music Composition Competition presented by the Central Conservatory of Music.
Shuen Lai-yin 孫禮賢
Shuen Lai Yin is currently studying in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with major in composition and electronic music. His compositions range from Western and Chinese instrumental chamber music, live electronics and choral music. His choral compositions “The Turns of Life”, “Goodbye Again, Cambridge” and “Deer Enclosure” are premiered by The Greeners’ Sound. Also, Shuen’s instrumental music has been performed by various music groups as Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Jenga Percussion Ensemble, Romer String Quartet. Recently, his piece “Rainscape” is selected and premiered in the Asian Composers League 2015.
So Ho-chi 蘇浩慈
So Ho Chi is a composition and electronic music student who is now studying in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under the teaching of Dr. Tang Lok Yin, in which he has presented various acoustic instrumental and vocal chamber and electronics works.
So Ka-wai 蘇家威
SO Ka-wai obtained both his undergraduate and M.Phil degree at Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring music composition under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Keyes and Dr. Christopher Coleman. His works have been premiered local and overseas, including ACL Conference and Festival (Taipei in 2011, Manila in 2015), Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia), the XVI World Saxophone Congress (Scotland) and Kagoshima Asian Youth Arts Festival (Japan). Moreover, his works were selected as set pieces frequently in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.
Tam Ka-shu 譚家樹
Ka-Shu Tam (b.1991) draws most of his inspiration from daily conversations. His interest in the human nature and the universe deeply influences his music perceptions.
Tam's works have been performed across the world, and have also received radio broadcasts. He also earned commissions, including a commission by Hong Kong Education Bureau.
Tam completed his Bachelor of Art in Hong Kong Baptist University. He earned his Master of Music in the University of Missouri - Kansas City. His major composition teachers include James Mobberley, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Paul Rudy, Christopher Keyes and Christopher Coleman.
Joyce Tang 鄧慧中
Joyce Tang has attracted numerous commissions from performing groups and performers, and many of her works have been performed worldwide. Website: www.joycewctang.com
Wong Chun-wai 黃俊諱
Earning his doctorate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Wong Chun-wai has a versatile composition profile comprising concert music, musicals and film scores.
His compositions are featured worldwide in occasions such as the International Rostrum of Composers, ISCM World Music Days and ACL Festival. His music is performed by professional musicians including the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and performers from the New York Philharmonic. His works are recorded on Ablaze Records and published by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. For more information, please visit http://www.wongchunwaimusic.com.
Wyman Wat 屈雅汶
Wyman received her Master of Music Degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in composition, under the guidance of Mr. Law Wing-fai and Professor Richard Tsang. A number of her compositions had been presented and performed in Hong Kong and overseas with high praises. Her works Ancient Path (2006) and Animated Timeframes (2007) were performed and broadcasted by RTHK Radio 4. Her works Stone Tones (2008), The Man of Dust (2010), Ripples On… (2010), Prelude of Celebration (2011) and Somewhere in a City (2011) were commissioned by the Macao Percussion Association, Hong Kong Wind Kamerata, Parsons Wind Orchestra and HKBDA Band Directors Wind Orchestra respectively. Wyman is also active in promoting contemporary music and creative music making as both a composer and a flutist, collaborating with local and international artists.
Yau May-kay 邱美琪
May Kay Yau entered the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts at the age of 17. There she was the winner of the Concerto Trial and had her first orchestral piece presented in the concert of the 5th Anniversary of the Establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Following that she was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed her PhD study at the University of Bristol. Her compositions have been performed in Asia, North America and Europe. She was awarded Salabert Prix in George Enescu International Competition in Romania, and Aberdeen Music Prize in Scotland.
Austin Yip 葉浩堃
Born in Hong Kong, 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 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) and Hong Kong Composers Guild. He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.