Man-Ching Yu Donald

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Donald Man-Ching Yu, (b. 1980), Hong Kong composer and pianist. The style of the recent music is characterized by the blending of post-impressionistic gestures, micropolyphonic techniques, and oriental colors while being 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."

As a prolific composer, his nearly two hundred compositions range from chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, and Chinese instrumental works to opera, choral works, and symphonies. His music has been performed at various international festivals and events in more than 20 countries with 50 cities throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia such as the International Review of Composers, (Serbia), the EurAsia International Music Festival (Yekaternburg Russia),  the International Festival of Modern Art: Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (Ukraine), the International Kiev Music Fest, the International Spring Orchestra Festival (Malta), and the 2015 Expo Milano (Italy), etc; His music has been performed  by Lugansk Philharmonic, Chernivtsi Philharmonic, Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, Opera Hong Kong Chorus with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Icarus Ensemble (Italy), Senza Sforzando Ensemble (Ukraine), Ensemble Dialog (Switzerland), Duo Praxedis (Switzerland), Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (U.S.), etc. His 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),  BabelScores (France); recordings are released on Phasma Music, Ablaze,  Albany and Zimbel Records as well as Association New Music (Ukraine), etc. As a theorist, his theory papers have been selected to present at various international music theory conferences in Serbia, Poland, and UK such as the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference, as well as published in scholarly book and music journals.
As a lecturer, Yu was  a full-time academic staff at the Education University of Hong Kong in 2012 where he taught music theory and musicology. As a pianist, Yu plays diverse repertoires and made his concerto debut at age 16 as a soloist. He is the awardee of the 2021 Carles and Sofia International Piano Competition. He has also collaborated with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists appearing on stages  for giving premiere of own pieces, including Hong Kong, Macau, Serbia, Italy, Austria, Germany, and United States including the 2007 International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg. The interpretation of own music is described as "prowess at keyboard." (Fanfare). In 2018, he has also been served as an international jury member of the 2018 Osaka International Music Competition in Osaka Japan.

Yu earned a BM degree from Baylor University, studying piano performance with Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school.  Additionally, he holds a Licentiate Diploma (LRSM) in Piano from the Royal Schools of Music,  a Super Soloist Performance-Zertifikat (SSPZ) in Piano from Wiener Musik Prüfungskommission, a Fellowship Diploma (FTCL) in Composition and a Licentiate Diploma in Music Theory (LMusTCL) from the Trinity College London. Later he received a scholarship to further his composition study at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg with a diploma in Austria.  He earned a PhD in composition and music theory with the support of a full postgraduate research assistantship at Hong Kong Baptist University; since 2007 he has  received various awards and honors 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 )


Swing Low Swing Low for saxophone and piano (2021)
Narrow Blue Circle Narrow Blue Circle for 2 violins (2021)
Pointing Pointing for bass recorder and sub-bass recorder (2020)
Orinoco Orinoco for saxophone and cello (2020)
Split Split for two pianos (2020)
Diffuser pour le violon, la trompette et le piano (2019)
Ring for harp and piano (2019)
Big Yellow Circle for violin and double bass (2019)
Emergence for piano, violin and clarinet (clarinet in Bb version) (2017)
Oneness for flute and piano (flute version) (2017)
Convergence for violin and cello (2017)

Solo Voice and Accompaniment


We are in Darkness We are in Darkness for soprano and piano (2021)
Two Modern Chinese Poems (2021) Desolation for soprano/mezzo-soprano and piano Water Droplets for soprano/mezzo-soprano and piano (2021)

Choral Ensemble


Psalm 136 Psalm 136 "Hymn of Thanksgiving" for SA a cappella choir (2021)

Solo Instrument


Spiral for flute solo (2019)
Traversing for organ (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)
Big Yellow Circle for violin and double bass (2019)
Convergence for violin and cello (2017)
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)
Higher Dimensioning for percussion ensemble (2018)
Narrow Blue Circle Narrow Blue Circle for 2 violins (2021)
Oneness for flute and piano (flute version) (2017)
Orinoco Orinoco for saxophone and cello (2020)
Pointing Pointing for bass recorder and sub-bass recorder (2020)
Psalm 136 Psalm 136 "Hymn of Thanksgiving" for SA a cappella choir (2021)
Ring for harp and piano (2019)
Rippling for clarinet choir (2016)
Spiral for flute solo (2019)
Split Split for two pianos (2020)
Swing Low Swing Low for saxophone and piano (2021)
Transformations for clarinet (2017)
Traversing for organ (2018)
Two Modern Chinese Poems (2021) Desolation for soprano/mezzo-soprano and piano Water Droplets for soprano/mezzo-soprano and piano (2021)
We are in Darkness We are in Darkness for soprano and piano (2021)