Man-Ching Donald Yu




Man-Ching Donald Yu, Hong Kong composer, pianist, and theorist. Music has been actively performed internationally. 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 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 (2011, 2015), 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, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Icarius Ensemble, Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, New Score Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Netherlands) and many others; Music recordings are recorded on Ablaze Records, Albany Records and Zimbel Records. Since 2014 Yu is the composer-in-residence of the Yao Yuen Chinese Music Association.Alongside mainly being a composer, Yu is also active as a theorist, performer as well as an educator. As a music theorist, music theory papers have been selected at various international music theory conferences and publication in various scholarly book and peer-reviewed academic music journals. As a pianist, Yu performed a diverse repertoire; he started learning piano at age 10 and made his debut 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 collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering his own compositions as a pianist on stages in various venues locally and overseas. As a lecturer, beginning from 2007, Yu taught music theory and composition at various tertiary institutions.

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 Yu 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 Yu has received awards, grants, and honor from different organizations including ASCAP, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, and Newly Published Music Competition, etc.