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Montenegro Opera Festival 2016 – Opera in the street?
Man Ching Donald Yu
Man-Ching Donald Yu (b.1980), composer, music theorist, pianist, and conductor, has prolifically composed over hundreds original works and most have been actively performed internationally. His music is 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." His orchestral works are described as "powerful," "passionate tones," "textures show a highly skilled hand at work, and the dramatic thrust is palpable," and "taut new symphonic voice."
Yu studied piano, composition, and conducting at an early age, and at the age of 16 he made his debut twice as a concert pianist with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and also earned a Licentiate Diploma (L.R.S.M.) in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music. He earned his B.Mus. degree in piano performance and composition from Baylor University (U.S.). Later he was awarded a Stipendium to further his composition at the Universitaet Mozarteum Salzburg and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in composition and music theory under a full tuition research scholarship at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Yu's compositional oeuvre ranges from chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, arrangements and Chinese instrumental works to opera, concerti, choral works, and symphonies. Most of his works have been selected to be featured at various festivals and venues throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia such as the 17th International Festival of Modern Arts: Two Days and Two Nights of New Music at the Odessa Philharmonic Theater (Ukraine), the 2012 Delhi International Arts Festival, the 7th Malta International Spring Festival at the Manoel Theatre, the 2007 International Summer Academy Mozarteum, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Hall, the Lugansk Philharmonic Hall, and the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music, etc. Yu has also received commissions and/or performances from the Lugansk Academic Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), the Opera Hong Kong Chorus, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, the Omaha Symphonic Winds (U.S.), the New Score Chamber Orchestra (U.S.), the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra (U.S.), Equinox Trio (Malta), MusicOrba (France), Duo 46 (U.S.), the Hong Kong Youth Choir, and the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, etc. Yu has also received several awards, grants, and fellowship, including those from the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council and ASCAP (U.S.), etc. Yu's music has been published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Netherland), Wehr's Music House (U.S.), and Zimbel Press (U.S.), etc. His music is recorded on Zimbel Records (U.S.), the first personal album "Illusion" and Albany Records (U.S.), the second personal album "Surrealistic Soundscapes." As a music theorist, his music theory papers have been presented at various international music theory conferences and published in various scholarly book and international journals including New Sound (Serbia) and Nasledje (Serbia).
Apart from mainly being a composer, Yu remains as an active performer. He performed diverse repertoires and has collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering his own compositions as a pianist on stages locally and overseas. His interpretation of his own pieces is acclaimed by critics as "prowess at the keyboard" and "performs with authority and precision." Recently, Yu appeared as a conductor conducting various ensembles in public, and in 2012, he was the founder and artistic director of the Hong Kong Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, presenting educational concert "Mozart effect" to community and public, and from 2012 fall, he is the co-music director of the HKIEd Orchestra. From 2007-2010, he taught music theory and composition at Hong Kong Baptist University and the Community College of the City University of Hong Kong. Starting from 2012 fall, he serves on the music faculty as a full-time academic staff of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
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