Composer-in-residence (2021)

Chris Hung

Personal Profile

Chris Hung established himself as one of the most notable Hong Kong composers of the younger generation. Hung received the Doctoral degree in Composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the tutorlege of Prof. Chan Wing Wah and Prof. Victor Chan. Hung has also attended composition masterclasses in Darmstadt (Brian Ferneyhough, Hans Thomalla, Liza Lim, Rebecca Saunders), Durham CoMA Composition Masterclass Residency (Tansy Davies) and Singapore Chinese Orchestra Composition Workshop (Tsung Yeh). From 2005 onwards, his approximate 70 creative outputs include both large-scale Western and Chinese orchestral works, chamber music and choir music as well. Hung’s compositions have enjoyed premieres globally in twenty countries, including Greece, Kazakhstan, Poland and Bulgaria etc.

Hung’s music is characterized by its refined and carefully arranged kaleidoscopic details, often displaying a complex, rich but clear fabric in a type of ordered chaos merging from the crossing bridge of the East and West. In addition, his music seeks to explore the infinite possibility of textural palette focusing on the sound timbre. His recent accolades include the First Prize in 2016 ALEA III Prize, “Sofia 2013” International Composition Competition; Second Prize in 2011 Poznan International Composers' Competition; Finalist comprises 2011 & 2015 SCO International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition, 2014 International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition etc. His works have been featured at numerous international festivals and events, such as 2018 Hong Kong Contemporary music Festival, 2018 Osmose Festival in Belgium, 2018 Silk music Fest «Beyond Boundaries - Beyond Time. Hong Kong - Kazakhstan», 2017 International Contemporary Music Festival "Present of Orchestral Asia" in Japan, 29th Music Biennale Zagreb 2017, 2016 Beijing Modern Music Festival, 2015 ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia, UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Sweden, Sibelius 150th Anniversary Celebration in Finland, Asian Composers League Festival, Seoul Drum Festival and Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music etc.

Hung has collaborated with many brilliant orchestras, ensembles, performers and conductors locally and internationally, such as Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, EOS Repertoire Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Percussions Claviers de Lyon, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ascanio Quartet, Duo Antwerp, Het Collectief, Next Mushroom Promotion, Romer String Quartet, RTHK Quartet, Vox Humana, Stroma etc. Part of Dr. Hung’s music score is published by French publisher BabelScores, and the CDs with his works can be purchased from Hugo and Edizioni Sconfinarte etc. Most of Hung’s music is also accessible online at his channel in Soundcloud, Youtube and his personal website (http://chris-hung.com)

Apart from composition, Dr. Hung has served as lecturers in various tertiary institutions, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Open University of Hong Kong, Macau Polytechnic Institute, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and SCE, Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Hung currently serves as Council Director of Hong Kong Composers' Guild. In 2018, Hung was the Hong Kong Representative to attend the 65th International Rostrum of Composers held in Budapest, Hungary in 2018. Hung is the "Composer-in-residence" of NEXUS ensemble in 2021.

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