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."

More than hundred compositions range 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 International Review of Composers, Serbia (2015), the EurAsia International Music Festival, Yekaternburg Russia (2017), the Expo Milano, Italy (2015), 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), etc; Music has been performed and/or commissioned by the Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus, Icarus Ensemble, Ensemble Dialog, Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, the Yao Yuen Chinese Music Orchestra, and many others. Music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Netherlands), Zimbel Press (U.S.), Golden Hearts Publication (Japan) as well as recorded on Ablaze Records (U.S.), Albany Records (U.S.), and many others. As a music theorist, papers have been selected to present at various international music theory conferences including the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.) and published in scholarly book and music journals such as Cambridge Scholars Publishing (U.K.) and New Sound International Journal of Music (Serbia). As a pianist, Yu made his concerto debut at age 16 as a soloist, and has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering compositions on stages in various venues locally and overseas. As an educator, beginning from 2010, Yu has lectured diverse courses including music theory, analysis, music history, and composition at various colleges including the Education University of Hong Kong. From 2015, he serves as an external examiner 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 the 2014 Newly Published Music Competition (U.S.), etc.