MAN-CHING DONALD YU

Man-Ching Donald Yu
Composer
-pianist



Biography

Man-Ching Donald Yu, Hong Kong born composer and pianist. The style of the recent music is characterized by the blending of post-impressionistic gestures, micropolyphonic techniques, and oriental colors while being described by Fanfare Magazine 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." "The composer exhibits a radical way of sparse sound-disposition, through expressive outburst to the final spiritualization of the musical materials that fade away in a suspense manner. (Augsburger Allgemine, Germany). Symphony no. 2 reflects an amazing combination of 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 events 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 (2011, 2015), the International Kiev Music Fest (2014),  the International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta (2013), the St. George International Music Festival, Greece (2013), the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, Salzburg (2007), and the Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (2010, 2014), and many others; Music has been performed and/or commissioned by the Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, the Lugansk Philharmonic, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Icarus Ensemble, Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Musicorba, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, the Yao Yuen Chinese Music Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra players, and many others. Music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Netherlands), Zimbel Press (United States), as well as recorded on Ablaze Records, Albany Records, Zimbel Records, and many others. As a music theorist, research papers have been selected to present at various international music theory conferences including the 9th International Music Theory Conference (Serbia), the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.), the 2016 International Conference "Music in Orient" (Poland), as well as publication in scholarly book and academic music journals including Cambridge Scholars Publishing (U.K.) and New Sound: International Journal of Music (Serbia), among others. As a pianist, Yu made his debut with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra at age 16, and has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering compositions on stages in various venues locally and overseas. As a teacher, beginning from 2008, Yu has taught various subjects related to music theory, analysis, music history, and composition at various institutions; in 2012, he was a lecturer of the Education University of Hong Kong. From 2014, he serves as an external examiner of the High Diploma Music Programme of the Open University of Hong Kong.

Yu earned his B.Mus. degree in piano performance and composition from Baylor University, studying piano performance with Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school, and also obtained a Licentiate Diploma (L.R.S.M.) in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music. Later he received a scholarship to further his composition study at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, and subsequently 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, grants, and honor from different organizations including those from ASCAP, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, as well as the 2014 Newly Published Music Competition, and many others.