Donald Man-Ching Yu, Hong Kong composer and pianist. The style of the recent music is characterized by the blending of post-impressionistic sounds, minimalistic and micropolyphonic gestures with oriental touch. His music is 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." (2012)
His nearly two hundred compositions range from chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, and Chinese instrumental works to opera, choral works, and symphonies. His music has been performed at various international festivals and events in more than 20 countries with 50 cities throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia such as the 2022 Contrasts International Contemporary Music Festival, the International Review of Composers (Serbia), the EurAsia International Music Festival (Yekaternburg Russia), the International Festival of Modern Art: Two Days and Two Nights of New Music, the International Kiev Music Fest, the International Spring Orchestra Festival (Malta), the 2015 Expo Milano (Italy), the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and many others; Music has been performed by Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Lugansk Philharmonic, Chernivtsi Philharmonic, Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Icarus Ensemble (Italy), Senza Sforzando Ensemble (Ukraine), Duo Praxedis (Switzerland), Ensemble Dialog (Switzerland), Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (U.S.), etc. His music is exclusively published by Donemus (Netherland), other publishers include Universal Edition (Austria), Babelscores (France), Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag 4'33'' (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Portugal), Zimbel Press (U.S.), Da Vinci Edition (Japan); most of his recordings are exclusively available at Donemus Records, and other labels include Phasma Music, Ablaze, Albany and Zimbel Records as well as Association New Music (Ukraine), etc. As a theorist, his theory papers were selected to present at various international music theory conferences in Serbia, Poland, and UK such as the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference, as well as published in scholarly book and music journals. As a lecturer, since 2007 Yu has taught music theory, musicology, and composition in various tertiary colleges in Hong Kong. As a pianist, he is the awardee of international piano competition and has performed diverse repertoires ranging from concerto to his own music as a soloist or collaborative pianist, appearing on stages in Hong Kong, Macau, Serbia, Italy, Austria, Germany and United States including the 2007 International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg. The interpretation of own music is described as "prowess at keyboard." (Fanfare). In 2018, he was served as an international jury member of the Osaka International Music Competition in Osaka Japan.
Yu earned a BM degree from Baylor University, studying piano performance with renowned pianist and artistic-in-residence Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school. Additionally, he holds a Licentiate Diploma in Piano from the Royal Schools of Music, a Super Soloist Performance-Zertifikat in Piano from Wiener Musik Prüfungskommission, as well as a Fellowship Diploma (FTCL) in Composition from the Trinity College London. Later he received a scholarship to further his composition study at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg with a diploma in Austria. He earned a PhD 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 and honors from different organizations including the ASCAP, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, and the 2014 Newly Published Music Competition (U.S.), etc.
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