MAN-CHING DONALD YU

Dr. Man-Ching Donald Yu
Composer
, pianist

Biography
Donald Man-Ching Yu, (b. 1980) 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 Lugansk Philharmonic, the Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Icarus Ensemble, Ensemble Dialog, Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, and the Yao Yuen Chinese Music Orchestra, etc. Music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Portugal), Zimbel Press (U.S.),  Da Vinci Edition (Japan),  BabelScores (France),  as well as recorded on labels such as Ablaze, Albany, and Zimbel etc. As a scholar, papers have been selected to present at various international music theory conferences such as the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.), as well as published in scholarly book and music journals such as Cambridge Scholar 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 collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists appearing on stages in various countries including Hong Kong, Macau,  Serbia, Italy, Austria, Germany, and United States including the 2007 International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg. His interpretation of own music is described as "prowess at keyboard." (Fanfare). In 2018, he has also been served as an international jury member of  the 2018 Osaka International Music Competition. 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 where he was served as an academic staff in 2012.

Yu earned his B.Mus. degree from Baylor University, studying piano performance with Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school.  Additionally, he holds a Licentiate Diploma (L.R.S.M.) in Piano Performance from the Royal Schools of Music as well as a Fellowship Diploma (F.T.C.L.) in Music Composition from the Trinity College London. Later he received a scholarship to further his composition study at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria.  He earned a 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 ASCAP, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, and the 2014 Newly Published Music Competition (U.S.), etc.