Man-Ching Yu Donald

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Donald Man-Ching Yu, (b. 1980) Hong Kong born composer and pianist. Music is described by Fanfare Magazine as "forming an arresting and personal intermixing of tonal and atonal languages, with the musical colors and gestures of his native country infiltrating the mix."

More than hundred compositions range from chamber and vocal works to sacred choral and symphonic works, and have been performed at various international festivals and events throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia such as the International Review of Composers (Serbia), the EurAsia International Music Festival (Yekaternburg Russia),  Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (Ukraine), the International Kiev Music Fest, etc; Music has been performed by different orchestras and ensembles worldwide such as the Lugansk Philharmonic, the Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus, Icarus Ensemble, Ensemble Dialog, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, Ardemus Saxophone Quartet,  etc. Music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Portugal), Zimbel Press (U.S.),  Da Vinci Edition (Japan),  as well as recorded on labels such as Phasma, Ablaze, Albany, Zimbel, and Association New Music (Ukraine) etc. As a scholar, papers have been selected to present at various international music theory conferences such as the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.), as well as published in scholarly book and music journals such as Cambridge Scholar Publishing (U.K.). As a pianist he made his concerto debut at age 16 as a soloist, and has appeared on stages in various countries including Hong Kong, Macau,  Serbia, Italy, Austria, Germany, and United States including the 2007 International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2012, h
e has been served as a full-time academic staff at the Education University of Hong Kong. In 2018, he has been served as an international jury member at the 19th Osaka International Music Competition.

He earned his B.Mus. degree from Baylor University, studying piano performance with Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school.  Later he received a scholarship to further his composition study with a diploma at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria.  He earned a Ph.D. in composition and music theory with the support of a full postgraduate research assistantship at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Additionally, he holds a Licentiate Diploma (L.R.S.M.) in Piano Performance as well as a Fellowship Diploma (F.T.C.L.) in Music Composition. Since 2007 he has received various awards, grants, and honor from different organizations including the ASCAP, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, and the 2014 Newly Published Music Competition (U.S.), etc.

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Featured Pieces

Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Diffuser pour le violon, la trompette et le piano (2019)
Emergence for piano, violin and clarinet (clarinet in Bb version) (2017)
Oneness for flute and piano (flute version) (2017)

Solo Instrument


Traversing for organ (2018)
Expansion for piano (2018)
Transformations for clarinet (2017)

Percussion Ensemble


Higher Dimensioning for percussion ensemble (2018)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Dilating for trombone choir (2018)
Rippling for clarinet choir (2016)
Diffuser pour le violon, la trompette et le piano (2019)
Dilating for trombone choir (2018)
Emergence for piano, violin and clarinet (clarinet in Bb version) (2017)
Expansion for piano (2018)
Higher Dimensioning for percussion ensemble (2018)
Oneness for flute and piano (flute version) (2017)
Rippling for clarinet choir (2016)
Transformations for clarinet (2017)
Traversing for organ (2018)