Congratulations to the winners in our 2010-2011 Migratory Journeys International Composition Competition:
First Place - Daniel Lo (Hong Kong), Sojourner’s Song for pipa, flute, contrabass, piano and percussion.
Daniel LO Ting-cheung is currently an MPhil (Music Composition) candidate under the supervision of Dr. Chan Hing-yan at the University of Hong Kong where he received his BA (Music) degree with first class honors. He has been the recipient of various awards and scholarships. One of his undergraduate works《Inter岔rupted》was chosen as one of the world premiere pieces on the programme of “New Violin Dimension: A Multimedia Concert with Yao Jue” in April 2009. LO was a winner of the New Generation 2010 organized by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. In the summer of 2010, LO was invited to the first annual International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition at Prague on the merit of his latest work for piano, drumset and gamelan gong kebyar, entitled《Galactic Gala》, capturing the third prize and a special prize for the best chamber music.
Second Place – Tonia Ko (Hong Kong/Hawaii, USA/Indiana, USA), Moon Lullaby for oboe, vibraphone and string trio.
Born in Hong Kong in 1988 and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tonia Ko’s music reflects and embraces her multi-cultural upbringing. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music, graduating with highest distinction. Her principal teachers include Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, David Liptak, and Shulamit Ran. Her compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Treble Singers, Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, and the Vancouver Miniaturist Society. Her orchestral piece Afterfalls was selected for performance by the Eastman Philharmonia in November 2009. In addition, the celebrated Eastman Wind Ensemble will premiere her new work in 2011. She has participated in festivals such as the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, Brevard Music Center, UNL Chamber Music Institute and Warren Benson Forum for Creativity. Tonia is a three-time recipient of the Lois Lane Prize awarded by the Eastman composition department. This fall, she will begin her graduate studies at Indiana University, where she will also serve as the Associate Instructor of Music Theory.
Third Place - Chen YAO (Guangzhou, China/Illinois, USA), Yearning for Chinese zheng and double bass.
Yao Chen’s music always strikes the audience with its innovative ways of bridging the Chinese and Western music traditions together and its poetic telling of the composer’s innermost thoughts. His music has been performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Pacifica String Quartet, Diotima Quatuor, eighth blackbird, Camerata Woodwind Quintet, Qilin Duet, New Fromm Players, TianYing Chinese Ensemble, Beijing New Music Ensemble, etc.He has also received commissions and awards from Radio France, Barnett Family Foundation Flute Competition, Art Institute of Chicago & Silk Road Chicago Project, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, TMSK Liu Tianhua Composition competition, and ECU New Music Orchestra Composition Competition, etc.Yao has shared his music with audiences at many music festivals throughout the world, including the Radio France Festival Presences, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Centre Acanthes Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Moscow International Accordion Competition, the First International Tianjin Accordion Festival, U.S. Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, Chicago Contempo Concerts, June In Buffalo Contemporary Festival, SoundField Music Festival, soundSCAPE Music Festival, ECU New Music Festival and W.I.U. New Music Festival.
Honorable Mention – H.E. Cicada Brokaw (North Carolina, USA), Nights Alone Yearning for vocal solo with flute and violincello accompaniment.
Cicada Brokaw is currently pursuing a DMA in Music Composition at Temple University. His background includes working as Associate Director at the University of Michigan’s Center for Performing Arts and Technology and co-founding and working for MediaStation, a multimedia development company. In addition to instrumental and choral works, he enjoys creating sound montage using recorded sounds, creating visual music, computer animation and working with choreographers. In September 2009 he completed a 6 channel sound montage for Merian Soto’s Postcards from the Woods, a 54 minute sense-surround dance and video work which was performed during the Live Arts Festival (part of the Philly Fringe Festival). During the past year he has worked with Colleen Hooper and written for her work My Plastic Body and I Saved This for You. Recently composed works also include choral works and chamber works some of which incorporate live instruments with recorded audio sound collage.
Honorable Mention – Dic-Lun Fung (Hong Kong), And the Ancient Tune Resounds for Chinese sheng, dizi, piano and percussion.
Gordon Dic-lun (AhMao) FUNG is currently a second-year undergraduate in the University of Hong Kong, majoring in music. He is now studying music composition under the supervision of Dr. CHAN Hing-yan.
Fung learned the Chinese fiddle erhu in an early age, and he later developed skills on performing various instruments. His interest towards instrumental music allows him to explore more in the ethnic aspect. And he is interested in combining ethnic elements with western compositional techniques.
Recent works: Petruk for Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, Can You Hear the Bells sing…? for four Chinese percussionists, Four Images of the Night for ensemble, When The Blossoms Turn into Tears… for String Quartet, Satsuma Biwa and Sho.
Honorable Mention - Bin Li (Fuzhou, China/Indiana, USA), My Hometown Far Away for piano solo.
Born in 1987 in Fuzhou, China, Bin Li is currently a living composer and pianist in United States. Bin grew up in the new generation of China and came to America in 2007, whose music shows marked influences of his experiences with Eastern/Western tradition, post-modern arts and literature, new technological dynamics and popular culture.
Bin is a senior student majoring in composition at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is currently studying with Chancellor’s Professor of Composition Claude Baker. His past composition instructors included P.Q. Phan, David Dzubay, Jonathan Sokol, Frank Felice, Micheal Drews and Zurong Guo; his past piano instructors included Evelyn Brancart, Edward Moy and Feibi Song.
Honorable Mention - Kerwin Young (Missouri, USA), In the Presence of Great Spirits for guqin and erhu.
Kerwin Young is a composer, orchestrator, recording producer, and musician who writes, arranges, and produces original music for a wide variety of genres.
Artists that Kerwin has produced and/or collaborated with include The James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Public Enemy, Bobby Brown, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Roy Haynes, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Nick Martinelli, Angie Stone, The Jimi Hendrix Foundation, Mobb Deep, and Yung Joc.
Major motion picture music credits include: Green Card (1990), Sister Act 2 (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Mixing Nia (1998), and He Got Game (1998).
Television music credits include: New York Undercover (1994), Searching for Jimi Hendrix (1999), Girl Friends (2000) , The Flavor of Love (2006), and Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement (2009).
Kerwin is currently a student at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he is furthering his studies in music composition.
His works have been performed by the Clark Atlanta University String Orchestra (Roumena Georgieva), the Jackson State University Orchestra (Robert Blaine), the UMKC Jazz Big Band, MacArthur fellow and frequent collaborator, Reginald R. Robinson, and the UMKC Symphony Orchestra.
Special Mention – Le Yan Zhang (Shanghai, China) Spring Frolic for erhu and Chinese percussion.
Le Yan ZHANG, 14 years old, is in 3rd grade in the junior middle school at the Shanghai Music Middle School. She is majoring in composition. She began to play the piano at age of five and from that moment, was greatly interested in music. She has been enrolled in composition department of Shanghai Music Middle School since 2008.
Third Place – Liu Hao (Shanghai, China), Limpid Eyes Image for Chinese zheng, two Chinese dizi, piano and cello.
Hao LIU is a PhD student at the Shanghai Conservatory. Biographical information is forthcoming.
First and Second Place prizes were not awarded in the professional division.
Prize-winning works will be premiered at the Migratory Journeys World Premiere Concerts in early 2012. The judging panel’s decision is final.