2016/01/15

Chan Wing-wah (陈永华)

 

Chan Wing-wah, JP (陈永华) is a Chinese conductor and composer. He is professor of music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and president of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. He was also chairman of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, vice president of the Asian Composers’ League and board member of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). He composed over 100 works, including eight symphonies. He was awarded several times, e.g. with the ACL Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award and the composition award of the International Double Reed Society in Florida.

Biography of Chan Wing-wah at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chan Wing-wah graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was then offered a British Commonwealth Scholarship for five years to further his studies at the University of Toronto where he was awarded his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Composition.

His compositions include seven symphonies and other chamber and orchestral works. His musical style represents a modern version of traditional Chinese culture showing an enthusiasm towards life. While a student, he already won the 1st prize at the 1981 International Double Reed Society Composition Contest, USA. He went on to win the 1988 Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize with his orchestral music, TRANSIT, which was later selected as one of the "20th Century Masterpieces by Chinese Composers" by the China Culture Promotion Society in Beijing in 1993. He was Composer of the Year in 1991 and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of 1992. His symphonies were recorded on compact discs by HUGO Productions. Performers of his music included the Kronos Quartet, the Fires of London, the Kroumata Ensemble, as well as performing groups in Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Korea, among others.

Professor Chan is currently Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts at CUHK. On the international front, he has served as an Executive Committee member in the UNESCO International Society for Contemporary Music and as Vice-Chairman of the Asian Composers' League. He is now honorary advisor of the China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Locally, he was the first Composer-in-Residence of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is now Chairman of The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music & Dance Fund, a member of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, advisor to the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the government Leisure & Cultural Services Department. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong government in 2000.

Awards

1979: Yu Luan Shih Award, CUHK
1979: Creativity Award, CUHK
1981: Composition award of the International Double Reed Society
1988: ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Prize
1991: Composer of the Year Award of the Hong Kong Artists' Guild
1992: Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award of the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong
1993: 20th Century Masterpieces by Chinese Composers of the China Culture Promotion Society
1997: Most Performed Work Award-Local Serious, CASH
2001: Justice of the Peace of the of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong
2004: CASH Golden Sail Music Award – Best Serious Composition
2005: Best Children Song Award of the Radio Television Hong Kong
2007: CASH Golden Sail Music Award – Best Serious Composition