Man-Ching Donald Yu

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Man-Ching Donald Yu, Hong Kong born composer, pianist, and theorist. Music has received various reviews internationally while being described as “forming an arresting and personal intermixing of tonal and atonal languages, with the musical colors and gestures of his native country infiltrating the mix…”(Fanfare Magazine), “The composer exhibits a radical way of sparse sound-disposition, through the expressive outburst to the final spiritualization of the musical material that fades away in a suspense manner.” (Augsburger Allgemeine, Germany) “Symphony no. 2 reflects an amazing combination for diatonic and chromatic materials…”(Zaholovok, Ukraine).

As a prolific composer, more than hundreds compositional oeuvre ranges from chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, and Chinese instrumental works to opera, choral works, and symphonies. Works have been featured at various international festivals and venues throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia such as the 24th International Review of Composers, Serbia (2015), the Expo Milano, Italy (2015), the Hong Kong Arts Festival (2016), the International Festival of Modern Art: Two Days and Two Nights of New Music at the Odessa Philharmonic Theater (2011, 2015), the International Festival of Modern Music “Kyiv Music Fest” (2014), the International Spring Orchestra Festiva, Malta, (2013), the St. George International Music Festival, Greece (2013), the New Horizons Music Festival, U.S. (2012, 2014), the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, Salzburg (2007), the Yogyarkarta Contemporary Music Festival, Indonesia (2009, 2014), and many others; Music has received commissions and/or performances from the the Uzhgorod Philharmonic, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic, the Lugansk Philharmonic, the Khmelnytsky Philharmonic Winds, the New Score Chamber Orchestra (United States), the Macau Orchestra players, the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra (United States), the Yao Yuen Chinese Orchestra, Senza Sforzando Ensemble (Ukraine), Icarius Ensemble (Italy), Equinox Trio (Malta), Duo 46 (U.S.), Duo Pianistico di Firenze (Italy), MusicOrba (France), the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, and the Hong Kong Youth Choir, etc. Music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Netherlands), International Journal of Contemporary Composition (Israel), Zimbel Press (U.S.), and Wehr’s Music House (U.S.), etc; music recordings are selected on Ablaze Records “the 6th Millennial Masters Series”, Zimbel Records, the 2006 first personal album “Illusion” and Albany Records, the 2012 second personal album “Surrealistic Soundscapes.” Since 2014 he is the composer-in-residence of theYao Yuen Chinese Music Association.

Apart from mainly being a composer, he is also active as a theorist, a performer as well as a lecturer. As a music theorist, his music theory papers have been selected at various international music theory conferences including the 9th International Music Theory Conference at the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.), the 2016 International Conference “Orient in Music” in Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Poland, and selected for publication in various scholarly book and peer-reviewed academic music journals such as Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK) and New Sound: International Journal of Music (Serbia), etc. As a pianist, he performed a diverse repertoire; he started learning piano at age 10 and made his debut twice as a concert pianist with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra at age 16, and later also earned a Licentiate Diploma (L.R.S.M.) in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music. He has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering his own compositions as a pianist on stages in various venues locally and overseas, and his interpretation of own pieces is described as “prowess at keyboard.”(Fanfare). As a lecturer, beginning from 2007 he taught music theory and composition at various institutions including the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Community College of the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Yu earned his B.Mus. degree in piano performance and composition from Baylor University (U.S.), studying piano performance with Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school. Later he received a scholarship to further his composition study at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. Subsequently he received his Ph.D. in composition and music theory with the support of a full postgraduate research assistantship at Hong Kong Baptist University; since 2007 he has received various awards, funds, grants, and honor from different organizations locally and overseas including those from ASCAP, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Council, as well as Newly Published Music Competition, etc. .

The Maximum Speed of Raphael’s Madonna|flute & piano

Spring Flower|flute, clarinet & bassoon

Flaming Passion|flute, violoncello & piano

Fishing in Snow|trumpet & piano

Sign of Spring|double bass & piano

Tunneling|piano & electronics

Divertimento “Chromatic Fantasy”|organ

Buiseonrando|trombone & piano

The Great Wall|clarinet, bassoon & piano

Quantum Mysticism|piano

Blossoms|brass ensemble

Air|chamber orchestra

Recede and Surge|clarinet & piano