THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Chan Wing-wah

(b. 1954, Hong Kong).

Chinese composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and choral works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere; he is also active as a conductor.

Prof. Chan earned a teaching certificate at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in 1974 and a diploma as a music specialist there in 1975. He then studied composition with David Gwilt at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1975–79, where he earned his BA, and received the FTCL of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in 1979. He studied composition with John Beckwith at the University of Toronto from 1980–85 and there earned his MMus and DMus, on the British Commonwealth Scholarship. In addition, he attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1986, on a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

Among his honours are First Prize in the competition of the International Double Reed Society in Florida (1981, for Autumn), the Yoshirō Irino Memorial Award from the Asian Composers League (1988, for Transit), the Composer of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Artists' Guild (1991), and the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award from the Hong Kong Junior Chamber of Commerce (1992). His music has been performed in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA.

As a conductor, he has led numerous choruses and orchestras, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as music director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society since 1995.

He is also active in other positions. He served as chair of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild from 1993–2004, of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund from 1996–2006 and of the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002–04, where he has been a member of the General Committee and Board of Governors since 2005. He has served as chair of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong since 2000 and of the Arts Promotion Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2001. Moreover, he served as composer-in-residence to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from 1994–96, as a member of the Executive Committee of ISCM from 1997–2001, as vice-president of the Asian Composers League from 1997–2002, as an artistic advisor to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong from 2000–08, and as a council member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra from 2001–05.

He has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1986, where he was Reader in Music from 1996–2000 and Professor of Music from 2001–07 and where he has been an adjunct professor since 2007. He also served as chair of its Department of Music from 1992–2005, as sub-dean of its Faculty of Arts from 1998–2000 and as associate dean of its Faculty of Arts from 2000–06. He served as head of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Hong Kong from 2007–14, where he served as associate head of the College of Humanities & Law from 2009–13, served as head of the College of Humanities & Law in 2013–14 and has served as deputy director of academic and professional programmes since 2014.

In addition to the works listed below, he has composed incidental music and numerous anthems, film scores, hymns, songs for children, and songs for schools.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address: wingwah.chan@hkuspace.hku.hk

SELECT LIST OF WORKS

STAGE:

The Strangers (ballet, choreography by Helen Lai), large orchestra, 1993 (also version for piano, 1993)

ORCHESTRAL:

Symphony No. 1, large orchestra, 1979

Symphony No. 2, 2 pipa (lutes from China), large orchestra, 1981

Celebration, large orchestra, 1984

Symphony No. 3, 2 orchestras, 1985

Expose, large orchestra, 1987

Transit, large orchestra, 1988

Festival Overture, orchestra of instruments from China, 1989

Flying Clouds, orchestra of instruments from China, 1990

Morning Sun, large orchestra, 1990

Rejoice in Peace, orchestra of instruments from China, 1993

Elevation, organ, large orchestra, 1994

Symphony No. 5, 2 orchestras, 1995

Symphony No. 6, 'Reunification', large orchestra, 1996

OvertureThe Sea of Stars, organ, large orchestra, 1998

Moon over Mountain Pass, large orchestra, 1998

God of Protection, orchestra of instruments from China, 2002

Moon over Bounteous Land, orchestra of instruments from China, 2002

Symphony No. 7, 'The Great Wall', orchestra of instruments from China, 2004

Reflections of Macao, 2005

Eight Steeds, orchestra of instruments from China, 2007

Thunderous Drums Shaking the Earth, orchestra of instruments from China, 2007

Drum Dance, 2013

Sonic Movement, 2015

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Scherzo, viola, piano, 1978

Quintet, flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, 1980

Autumn, flute, oboe, guitar, viola, 1980

Mo Shan Qi, pipa, 1980

Circle, flute, trombone, pipa, violin, percussion, 1981

Trio, zheng (zither from China)/harpsichord, violin, cello, 1982

Blossoms, flute, clarinet, violin (+ viola), cello, piano (+ harpsichord), percussion, 1983

Focus, flute, bassoon, piano, 1986

Divertimento, bassoon, piano, 1987

Continuity, violin, cello, piano, 1989

Merge, string quartet, 1990

Impact, 4 percussion, 1995

Encounter, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, 2 cellos, piano, 1996

Et in terra pax, oboe, pipa, viola, cello, 1999

Shi HuaiReleasing the Mind, sheng (mouth organ from China), dizi (transverse flute from China), yangqin (hammered dulcimer from China), 1999

Dragon Spirit, 2 violins, 2000

Summer Day, oboe, viola, cello, 2000

Distant Hill, string quartet, 2000

Spark, pipa, string quartet, 2002

Over Ten Thousand Mountains, sheng, dizi, zheng, erhu (violin from China), 2002

Love Is Beyond Words II, violin, piano, 2003

Beyond the Sky, sheng, flute, clarinet, pipa, zheng, erhu, 2003

Eternal Love, string quartet, 2003

Fires of Love, cello, 2003

The Path of Love, string quartet, 2003

Moon Dance, violin, 2004

Into Immensity, flute, clarinet, trombone, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2006

The Flying Apsaras, string quartet, 2006

Oriental Garden, English horn, guitar, viola, 2008

M+, trombone, double bass, piano, 2009

By the Pool of the Nan Lian Garden, sheng, dizi, pipa, daruan (bass lute from China), yangqin, zheng, erhu, zhonghu (spike fiddle from China), 2009

Wind Over the Grassland, guitar, viola, double bass, 2011

Light of Faith, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2012

Sages Plateau, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 2012

Flying Over the Mountains and Gates, pipa, piano, 2012

CHORAL:

Nunc Dimittis, mixed chorus, 1980

Concertino (text from the LijiBook of Rites), female chorus, piano, small orchestra (2 flutes [2nd + alto flute], trombone, celesta, 3 percussion, 16 strings), 1983

Big Little World (text by Leung Bo-wah), children's chorus, 1986

Looking Afar (text by Sonia Ng), mixed chorus, 1987

Musica (text by the composer), children's chorus/female chorus, 1989

Peace to the Planets (text by the composer), children's chorus/female chorus, 1990

I Love to Sing My Song (text by Simon Chow), children's chorus, piano, 1991

Symphony No. 4, 'Te Deum', soprano, tenor, mixed chorus, large orchestra, 1992

Love Song/Reminiscence, mixed chorus, piano, 1993 (version of vocal work)

Nine Regions Sing as One (text by Rupert Chan), tenor, mixed chorus, piano, 1997

Reviving Arts and Culture (text by Rupert Chan), mixed chorus, piano, 1998

Tu es Petrus (text from the Book of Matthew), mixed chorus, orchestra, 2002 (also version for mixed chorus, organ, 2002)

The Lord Is My Shepherd (text by W. S. Passmore, after Psalm 23), mixed chorus, orchestra, 2002 (also version for mixed chorus, organ, 2002)

Season of Love (text by Rupert Chan), mixed chorus, piano/organ, 2003

Donation of Light, children's chorus, 2005

Symphony No. 8, 'This Boundless Land' (text by Sonia Ng), mixed chorus, organ, orchestra of instruments from China, 2006

Light of Witness, mixed chorus, trumpet, cello, piano, organ, percussion, 2008

Music for World Harmony of Peace, soloists, speakers, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2008

One World, One Voice, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2008 (also version for mixed chorus, ensemble, 2008)

Our Song of Peace, mixed chorus, piano, 2010

19 Children's Songs, children's chorus, 2011

SANCTUS, mixed chorus, oboe d'amore, viola da gamba, 2012 (also version for mixed chorus, organ, 2012)

Let Us Rejoice (text from the Song of Solomon), mixed chorus, piano, 2013

A Bright New Sunny Day, children's chorus, 2014

For the Beauty of Music, mixed chorus, piano, 2014

Drunken Dream, mixed chorus, piano, 2014

VOCAL:

Pater Noster, soprano, piano, 1979

Love Song/Reminiscence (text by Sonia Ng), soprano, piano, 1993 (also version for mixed chorus, piano)

Canterbury Bell (text by Sonia Ng), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1995

Reminiscence, mezzo-soprano, piano, 2006

PIANO:

Qing Shang BianVariations on the Qing Shang Mode, 1982

Impressions, 2 pianos, 1987

Timer, 1987

Love Is Beyond Words I, 2003

DIDACTIC MUSIC:

Three Piano Pieces for Children, 1989

ARRANGEMENTS:

Yu Mei Ren (folksong from China), soprano, piano, 1978 (also version for mixed chorus, 1989)

Ten Sisters (folksong from China), mixed chorus, piano, 1985 (also version for mixed chorus, dizi, pipa, yangqin, erhu, 1994)

Moonlight Lullaby (folksong from China), mixed chorus, piano, 1985 (also version for mixed chorus, orchestra of instruments from China, 1985)

Ma-Yi-La (folksong from China), mixed chorus, orchestra of instruments from China, 1994

White Jasmine (folksong from China), mixed chorus, dizi, pipa, yangqin, erhu, 1994