Man-Ching Donald Yu


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 acclaimed 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."

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 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 (2011, 2015), the International Kiev Music Fest (2014),  the International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta (2013), the Yogyakarta Contempoary Music Festival (2010, 2014), and many others; Music has been performed and/or commissioned by the the Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, Lugansk Philharmonic, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Icarius Ensemble, Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Musicorba, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, Macao Orchestra Players, and many others; since 2014 Yu serves as the composer-in-residence of the Yao Yuen Chinese Music Association. 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. Alongside mainly being a composer, Yu is also active as a theorist, performer as well as an educator. As a music theorist, research papers have been selected to present at various international music theory conferences including the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.), as well as publication in various scholarly book and peer-reviewed academic music journals including New Sound International Journal of Music (Serbia). As a pianist, Yu performed a diverse repertoire; he started learning piano at age 10 and made his debut as a pianist with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering compositions on stages in various venues locally and overseas. As an educator, 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, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, as well as the Newly Published Music Competition.