Man-Ching Donald Yu

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Yu Man Ching (Chinese: ) is a Hong Kong composer and pianist. [1] As a prolific composer, his music has been actively performed internationally. The style of his recent music is characterized by the blending of post-impressionistic gestures, micropolyphonic techniques, and Chinese colours.

Life and career[edit]

His more than hundreds compositional oeuvre ranges from chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, and Chinese instrumental works to opera, concerti, choral works, and symphonies. His works have been selected for premiere at various festivals and venues throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia such as the II International Festival "Master of Music", the International Festival of Modern Music "Kyiv Music Fest", the International Festival of Modern Art Two Days and Two Nights of New Music at the Odessa Philharmonic Theater, and the International Spring Orchestra Festival at the Manoel Theatre, etc. His music has been premiered and/or commissioned by the Uzhgorod Philharmonic Orchestra, the Khmelnytsky Philharmonic, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus, and the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, etc. His music has been published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany) and Zimbel Press, distributed by Subito Music Corporation (U.S.) etc. His music is recorded on Zimbel Records, the 2006 first personal album "Illusion" and the 2014 forthcoming third personal album "Nine Dragons" and Albany Records, the 2012 second personal album "Surrealistic Soundscapes."

Apart from mainly being a composer, he is also active as an academic, a performer as well as an educator. As a music theorist, his music theory papers have been presented at various international music theory conferences and selected for publication in various scholarly book and peer-reviewed journals. As a pianist, he performed a diverse repertoire; at the age of 16 he made his debut twice as a concert pianist with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering his own compositions as a pianist on stages locally and overseas. He currently is served on the full-time faculty of the Cultural and Creative Arts Department of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Selected Works: Discography[edit]

  • Sonata No. 1 "Grand Concert Fantasy" for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Sonata No. 2 "Humoresque" for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Sonata No. 4 "Chaos" for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Hell and Heaven for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Dark Rhapsody for cello and piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Illusion for oboe and piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Five Japanese Lyrics for soprano and piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Uncertainty for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Fantasy on "The Lady of Shalott" for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • Five Miniatures for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • William Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 104 for piano (ZR 113, Zimbel Records)
  • First Symphony for orchestra (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • From the Depth for soprano, chorus and orchestra (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Octet for strings (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Sunset in My Homeland for violin, clarinet, and piano (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Disintegration for piano and electronics (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Explosion for piano (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Two Poems by Ya Hsien for baritone and piano (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Breeze for flute (TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • The Maximum Speed of Raphael's Madonna for flute and piano (TROY 1378, Albany Records)

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