Congratulations to our composition faculty Prof. Chan Kai-young on winning The 21st CASH Golden Sail Award for Best Young Composer's Serious Composition!
The awarded piece is titled Seeking, Searching, for eight-part mixed chorus, a Cantonese choral works. It was premiered by Die Konzertisten, conducted by our alumnus Felix Yeung, in the Cantonese Choral Showcase in "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music", held on 29 April, 2023, at Chung Chi College Chapel. Find out more about the research project on https://www.cantonesecomposition.com
Chan said, "Overwhelmed with gratitude to CASH for this recognition, to Die Konzertisten and Felix Yeung for bringing this difficult piece to life 8 years after its inception, my team at CUHK Music for supporting my work, and my teacher Prof. Victor Chan for believing in me in early days as a minor student. Thanks to all who made this happen.
I sincerely hope that Cantonese choral works and other Cantonese art forms will flourish and reach far and wide. Our concert in April will be up soon - stay tuned for more!".
In 2001, the Composers and Authors Soceity of Hong Kong Ltd (CASH) has inaugurated the annual CASH Golden Sail Music Awards in recognition of outstanding musical works as well as vocal performances of musical works first commercially released or performed in Hong Kong within a specified period of the past year. Judging is based on artistic, creative and technical achievements of each piece of work or recorded performance.
Congratulations again and we look forward to more works from Prof Chan.
Congratulations to LI Kin Keung Kenneth (DMus) won annual Call for Scores 2023 organised by Musicus Society. He will be commissioned to write a new work inspired by the local heritage site where Musicus Society's next Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories concert will take place.
Kenneth is now pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Professor Wendy Lee.
Click HERE for more details.
Congratulations to Enzhe Zheng (DMus) who shines at Golden Bells International Composition Contest for Chinese Instruments with Western Orchestra. Enzhe is the winner in the age 30 and younger division with his piece Rosefinch – 朱雀, based on the vermilion bird in the Wuxing that represents fire, the south, longevity and immortality.
The winning piece will be premiered on December 29, 2022 (Thursday) at 8 pm concert by the Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA in New York City’s Carnegie Hall with Contest Artistic Director Dennis Friesen-Carper conducting.
For more details, please visit: Winners - Premieres - Inaugural Golden Bells International Composition Contest (valpo.edu)
We are excited to announce that LENK Quartet will be Artists-in-Residence for our MA in Music Programme in AY2022/23.
There will be three concerts in the academic year with the mission to build close ties and foster exchanges between MA’s artists-in-residence, CUHK staff and students, and indeed all other friends in the audience.
LENK quartet is a violin-cello-clarinet-piano quartet composed of active Hong Kong-born, Hong Kong-raised and Hong Kong-based classical musicians formed in 2021. Under the concert invitation from HKU MUSE, the group is initiated by veteran pianist Nancy Loo and joined forces by young violinist Kitty Cheung, cellist Eric Yip and clarinettist Linus Fung.
The name LENK is the combination of first letters of the English names Linus, Eric, Nancy and Kitty. The quartet is committed to giving top quality live performances to the audience with its engaging and multicoloured playing.
Photo credit: Kurt Chan
Congratulations to our students, Rosella Yum (Year 4, BA) and Zheng Enzhe (DMus), on receiving The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Scholarships 2021/22!
For details, please visit: https://www.cash.org.hk/news_detail?alias=news192
Congratulations to Prof. Tseng Sun-man on winning the 2022 Angel Award presented by the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).
The award will be presented at a virtual ceremony to be held during the Hong Kong 2022 Congress, To Connect Beyond, on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
For details, please visit: ISPA News
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Congratulations to Matthew Haywood, PhD student of the Department of Music on receiving the Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture 2021-22!
Matthew’s research concerns the cultural sustainability of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong. To this end, his project investigates the ways in which the Cantonese opera industry has sought to retain its regular audience whilst attracting the attention of local youth and foreign interest. By examining aesthetic developments in conventional and experimental performances, the shifting landscape of identity construction and affective experiences associated with Cantonese opera, and reforms to the Cantonese opera industry spearheaded by the recognition of Cantonese opera as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2009, Matthew’s research illuminates the dynamics of diversification that have contributed to the resilience of the ‘grand theatre’ in contemporary Hong Kong society.
“I would like to thank the Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture for providing this opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many difficulties for academic research that prioritises fieldwork, and so I am truly grateful to receive their very generous support at this time. Also, I would like to thank the Department of Music for nominating me and the Cantonese opera performers and producers I have worked with for warmly receiving me and engaging with my research.” Matthew said.
The Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture awards two undergraduates and two postgraduate research students each year with an excellent track record and whose research has considerable potential to contribute to our knowledge of Chinese culture. This year, Mr. Haywood was selected by the Arts Faculty Scholarship Committee out of a pool of 11 nominations received from various Graduate Divisions.