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Sharing Lectures by Hong Kong Composers

Venue Date & Time Price
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
6.3 - 10.4.2013, every Weds, 6 lectures in total$50
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Lecture Content

(Conducted in Cantonese)

6 March

Sixty Years of Music Writing – Doming Lam

Speaker: Doming Lam

Guest Speaker and Demonstrator: Cecilia Lung

Doming Lam’s career as a composer spans a proud six decades. Dubbed ‘the Father of New Music in Hong Kong’, he is a forerunner in the development history of New Music in Hong Kong.  His compositions encompass a wide range of forms and styles, and are distinguished by his innovative vision. In this talk, Lam will discuss the relation between the composer and ‘you’, how to groom a good composer and what makes a conscientious composer.

13 March

A Review of My Symphonic Works

Speaker: Prof Chan Wing-wah

Prof Chan Wing-wah’s oeuvre covers about thirty large-scale works, including both Western and Chinese orchestral symphonies (which feature the mixed use of Chinese and Western instruments).  His Symphony Nos. 1 – 8 are regarded as phenomenal among contemporary Chinese composers.  Prof Chan’s music often reflects a topical interest, relevant to a specific social clime. According to the critic Chow Fan-fu, Prof Chan’s works capture with an exemplary touch on the metropolitan fabric of Hong Kong. In this talk, Prof Chan will take a retrospective look at the path he has taken as a composer.

20 March

John Chen – World Music Approach, as Reflected in His Compositions Through the Years

Speaker: Dr Chen Kwok-ping, John

On one hand, Dr Chen Kwok-ping, John’s musical diversity is reflected in his large number of compositions of many different genres and styles throughout the past 30 years – from standard ensembles and orchestras to jazz combos and modern theatre, dance and technology based multi-media productions.  On the other hand, his world-cultural-fusion approach has always been his main focus no matter what kind of artistic style he happens to be producing for certain project.  During his presentation and discussion, Dr Chen will use examples of his compositions to share this unique focus within his diversity.

27 March

From the Comprehension of Ancient Wisdom to the Creation of New Experience in Contemporary Aesthetics

Speaker: Law Wing-fai

Demonstrator: Wong Chi-ching

The cultural treasure trove of ancient China is an unfathomable source of inspiration for Law Wing-fai. As Law explores the legacy in creating his music, he has discovered its dynamic life force, depth as well as breadth that would influence his style, artistic interest and creative approach, all of which are distinctly unique.

3 April

Music Composition as a Creative Expression

Speaker: Chen Ning-chi

Guest Speaker: Hui Cheung-wai

Chen Ning-chi is famous for his full-scale symphonies in which he delivers diverse themes through the timbre-changes of Chinese and Western instruments.  In this talk, Chen will trace the changes of the times vis-à-vis his own experience as a composer, discuss what it takes to be a composer, and take an analytical look at some of his most representative works.

10 April

Thoughts on New Choral Potentials

Speaker: Prof Richard Tsang

The development of avant garde music in the 20th Century has led to a dearth of tonality in choral music, so much so that the genre has been unable to continue the rich legacy of its 19th Century predecessor. But as we entered the 21st Century, the post-modern musical style has injected many new elements into choral art, allowing it to flourish again as a performing art form of great potential and mass appeal. In this talk, different possibilities of post-modern choral music will be discussed, and Prof Tsang will also share his unique experience as a composer of the genre.


About the Speakers


Hong Kong Composers’ Guild

Founded in 1983, the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild (HKCG) is a professional association of serious composers with objectives to promote and cultivate music composition in Hong Kong. Apart from organizing concerts, publishing scores and producing recordings of works by Hong Kong composers, HKCG also takes an active part in arousing interest in composition especially amongst youths and in developing music as a vital creative art form in Hong Kong. Organizing composition competitions and sending composers to the community and schools are its regular activities. HKCG’s predecessor is the Hong Kong Section of the Asian Composers League which was founded in 1973. HKCG is also a National Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. The major projects HKCG has organized & co-organized in the last 29 years include Inter-Tertiary Young Composers Platform – Composition Workshops and the International Ensemble Modern Academy concerts of Germany and Hong Kong compositions and Leisure and Cultural Services Department New Synergy Arts Animateur Pilot Scheme – Creative Mission Possible: Advanced Music Composition Training Project.

Doming Lam

Born in Macau in 1926, Doming Lam studied music in Canada and the United States. Maestro Lam was the former composer-in-residence of The University of Hong Kong. He was the winner of 2010 and 2012 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards for the Best Serious Composition. He is the pioneer to lead Hong Kong into the music circles of the world.  During 1964-1994, he worked in Hong Kong and Macau, contributed equally well in composing, conducting, teaching, producing music programmes for radio and television. Maestro Lam’s music has been performed over 40 cities around the world. The 2001 New Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians has a detailed biography on Maestro Lam. The music library in The University of Hong Kong, has kept a collection of his music.

Prof Chan Wing-wah

Prof Chan Wing-wah studied composition at the University of Toronto and earned his Master and Doctor of Music degrees on a British Commonwealth Scholarship. He was the Professor of Music of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and had served as the Chairman of the Music Department and Deputy Dean of Arts during 1986-2007. He is now the Associate Director of the School of Professional And Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong and Head of its Centre for Creative and Performing Arts. His international awards include First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest, the United States, “20th Century Masterpiece Award by Chinese Composers” by the Chinese Culture Promotion Society, Beijing, Composer of the Year Award by the Hong Kong Artists' Guild, the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award, 2004 and 2007 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards for the Best Serious Composition, etc.

Dr Chen Kwok-ping, John

Dr Chen Kwok-ping, John, grew up in a musical family. He received his doctoral degree in music composition, computer music and ethno-musicology from University of Illinois. He earned numerous honours and awards, including Charles Ives Composition Award, RTHK Best Pop Song Award, CASH Golden Sail Most Performed Serious Composition Award, etc. In the past 30 years, John has worked as a composer, guitarist, record producer and arranger and university professor in the United States and Hong Kong. In 2005, he formed his own unique group JohnChen Ensemble (JCE). Since then, he has performed an average of 20 concerts every year.

Law Wing-fai

Law Wing-fai is a leading composer in Hong Kong, and one of the few to have crossed over the boundary between commercial music and the arts. He is currently a Composer-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Artistic Director of Wuji Ensemble. Law graduated from the University of California with a Master degree in Music (Composition and Electronic Music). He scored for more than 20 films including the award-winning Boat People, Dream Lovers and A Simple Life. His long list of accolades include the Irino Memorial Award presented at the Asian Composers’ League, the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Score, Composer of the Year Award by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild, and being selected as one of the “20th Masterpieces by Chinese Composers” by the Chinese Culture Promotion Society in Beijing.  Law was also a five-time winner of the CASH Golden Sail Music Awards.

Chen Ning-chi

Chen Ning-chi graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1964. He worked in the Central Song and Dance Troupe, the Central Ballet of China and the Central Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the Assistant Music Director of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) in 1993. Subsequent posts with the HKCO included the Resident Composer and Assistant Conductor (1997-99), Resident Conductor and Promotion Assistant (1999-2001), and Head of Research and Development (2001-2002). His recent compositions include symphonic poem The Battle of Chibi (2010), Wind from Taiwan (2010), guzheng concerto XiShi (2011), Chinese orchestral work Sparkling Firework (2012) kongkou concerto The Phoenix from the Flames (2012), etc.


Prof Richard Tsang

Prof Richard Tsang, born in Hong Kong, is active in composing and promoting new music on the local and international levels. He was the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild. As a composer, Prof Tsang's works have been commissioned and/or performed by many local and international art groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Wind Symphony Orchestra, Japan Folklore Foundation, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, etc. He was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award, Composer of the Year Award and the CASH Golden Sail Award for the Best Serious Composition. Since 2009, Prof Tsang has been the Professor of Music and Dean of Students at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, actively involved in the research and promotion of Creative Musicking concept and practices.



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Programme Length

Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 30 minutes.


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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute speakers and artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


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