Yu Siu Wah
BA (CUHK); MA (Quenn's University, Belfast); PhD (Harvard)
Senior Research Fellow (Honorary)
Contact Information
Office: (852) 2616-7694
Email: siuwahyu@gmail.com
Yu Siu Wah worked for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Radio Television Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in various capacities in the early 1980s. He started his graduate studies first at the University of Maryland of Baltimore County, finished his M.A. in social anthropology (ethnomusicology) at Queen’s University, Belfast, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard.

Yu’s research interest ranges from organology, instrumental music, Chinese music history, Chinese operas, music of the Manchus and Mongols in the Qing court, popular music, to issues of music and politics in Hong Kong. Since the last decade, he has ventured into the studies of Hong Kong dialect movie music, including those of Mandarin, Cantonese, Amoy and Chaozhou movies. Yu has also embarked on the study of, and participation in, the music of Cantonese narrative singing naamyam in recent years. He is now the PI and chief editor of the Hong Kong volumes of Chinese Opera Annals and Anthology of Chinese Opera Music, a project commissioned by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office. An active musician in Hong Kong and overseas, Yu is also an adjunct professor of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University where he teaches courses on performance studies, music and politics and advises a doctoral student.

- Chinese Music History
- Qing Music History: Music of the Manchus and Mongols
- Music in Chinese Opera: Cantonese Opera and Kunqu
- Chinese Instrumental Music & Musical Instruments
- Music of Hong Kong: Modern Chinese Orchestra, Cantonese Narrative Singing
- Music and Politics of Hong Kong and China
- Music Used in Chinese and Hong Kong Movies, Including Mandarin, Cantonese,
Amoy and Chaozhou Movies
- Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), Chinese Traditional Music