Man-Ching Donald Yu

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Yu Man Ching (Chinese: ) is a Hong Kong contemporary classical music 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" during the NAMM Moscow Musikmesse Russia 2014, 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, the Delhi International Arts Festival, the International Spring Orchestra Festival at the Manoel Theatre, the St. George International Music Festival, the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Hall, the Lugansk Philharmonic Hall, and the Uzhgorod Philharmonic Hall, etc. He has also received commissions and/or performances from the Uzhgorod Philharmonic Orchestra, the Khmelnytsky Philharmonic, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus, the Transcarpathian Honoured Academic Folk Choir, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, the New Score Chamber Orchestra, Equinox Trio, MusicOrba, the Hong Kong Youth Choir, and the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, 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 including New Sound International Journal of Music (Serbia). 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 and also earned a Licentiate Diploma in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music. He has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, premiering his own compositions as a pianist on stages locally and overseas.


  • Sonata No. 1 "Grand Concert Fantasy" for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Sonata No. 2 "Humoresque" for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Sonata No. 4 "Chaos" for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Hell and Heaven for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Dark Rhapsody for cello and piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Illusion for oboe and piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Five Japanese Lyrics for soprano and piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Uncertainty for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Fantasy on "The Lady of Shalott" for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • Five Miniatures for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • William Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 104 for piano (Zimbel Records No. 113)
  • First Symphony for orchestra (Lugansk Academic Philharmonic Orchestra, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • From the Depth for soprano, chorus and orchestra (Opera Hong Kong Chorus, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Octet for strings (Ukraine Octet Players, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Sunset in My Homeland for violin, clarinet, and piano (Equinox Trio, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Disintegration for piano and electronics (pianist: Donald Yu, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Explosion for piano (pianist: Donald Yu, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Two Poems by Ya Hsien for baritone and piano (pianist: Donald Yu; baritone: Caleb Woo, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • Breeze for flute (flute: Edwin Yu, TROY 1378, Albany Records)
  • The Maximum Speed of Raphael's Madonna for flute and piano (pianist: Donald Yu; flute Bonnie Chun, TROY 1378, Albany Records)


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