Man-Ching Yu Donald

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Man-Ching Yu Donald, 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."

His nearly two hundreds 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), the 2015 Expo Milano (Italy),  the Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015), and many others; 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), Duo Praxedis (Switzerland), Ensemble Dialog (Switzerland), Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (U.S.), and many others. His music is published by Universal Edition (Wien), Donemus (Netherland), Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Helm & Baynov Verlag (Germany), 4'33'' (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Portugal), Zimbel Press (U.S.), Da Vinci Edition (Japan); 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, since 2007 he has taught music theory, musicology, and composition in various tertiary colleges in Hong Kong. As a pianist, he is the awardee of international piano competition and has performed diverse repertoires as a soloist or collaborative pianist appearing on stage in 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 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)
Split Split for two pianos (2020)
Pointing Pointing for bass recorder and sub-bass recorder (2020)
Big Yellow Circle for violin and double bass (2019)
Oneness for flute and piano (flute version) (2017)
Convergence for violin and cello (2017)
Emergence for piano, violin and clarinet (clarinet in Bb version) (2017)

Solo Instrument


Traversing for organ (2018)

Percussion Ensemble


Higher Dimensioning for percussion ensemble (2018)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Dilating for trombone choir (2018)
Big Yellow Circle for violin and double bass (2019)
Convergence for violin and cello (2017)
Dilating for trombone choir (2018)
Emergence for piano, violin and clarinet (clarinet in Bb version) (2017)
Higher Dimensioning for percussion ensemble (2018)
Oneness for flute and piano (flute version) (2017)
Pointing Pointing for bass recorder and sub-bass recorder (2020)
Split Split for two pianos (2020)
Swing Low Swing Low for saxophone and piano (2021)
Traversing for organ (2018)