Daniel Ting-cheung Lo is one of the most active composers in Hong Kong, frequently commissioned by local music groups such as Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Lo has won various prizes in international contests including 1st prizes at the 7th Musica e Arte Composition Contest (Rome, 2011) and the 3rd Migratory Journeys International Music Composition Competition (Chicago, 2010/2011). Lo’s compositions have been performed in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia by well-renowned musicians including players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bang-on-a-Can, Orchestra of Our Time (US), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostravská Banda (Czech Republic), Piccolo Orchestra, Ensemble Suono Giallo (Italy), Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, Ensemble Recherce (Germany), Quartet Diotima (France), Orkest de ereprijs, Utrechts Blazers Ensemble (Netherlands), Sofia Soloists (Bulgaria), Juice Vocal Ensemble (UK) and Song Company (Australia).
Lo’s works cover a wide range of musical genres, from orchestral to vocal pieces. The last few years saw the premieres of Autumn Rhythm for orchestra, commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta for their Asian tour in autumn 2019; Poids for 10 instruments, written for Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s tour to Korea and Taiwan in spring 2019; and violin concerto YouHuang (II), composed as part of Lo’s residency at the Ostrava Days Contemporary Music Festival (Czech Republic) in summer 2017.
One of Lo’s current compositional interests is to seek ways to integrate music with Hong Kong literature. Recent works inspired by contemporary local writers include two pieces written for music programme Hong Kong Odyssey, commissioned by Hong Kong Arts Festival 2017; a choral work Mary’s Chalk Circle for narration, unaccompanied choir and video, commissioned by Hong Kong Voices in June 2017; a chamber opera A Woman Such as Myself(based on Xixi’s short story A Girl Like Me), premiered in New Opera Days Ostrava (Czech Republic) in June 2018; a semi-staged cantata The Banquet at el Bulli (based on Ye Si’s short story) was presented by Hong Kong Voices in January 2020. In 2020-2021, Lo and novelist Eva Wong were commissioned by Hong Kong Arts Festival to collaborate on a chamber opera in Cantonese Women Like Us, adapted from two of Xixi's short stories A Girl Like Me and The Cold.
Lo completed his PhD (Composition) at the University of York in the UK in 2017 under the supervision of William Brooks, fully supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. Previously, he studied composition with Chan Hing-yan at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with first class honours in 2009 and then earned an MPhil (Music Composition) in 2012.
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Travis Ying is a multi-disciplined art practitioner. He has completed his studies and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has expertise in lettering illustrations, graphic design, stage design and performing, art education etc.
Travis is devoted to visual arts and has created his very own one-of-a-kind style of hand lettering - applying bright colors, bold lettering and pop art elements. His work is highly inspirational and puts an infectious knowing smile and reflection on everyone. He collaborates with different brands and organisations including tertiary institutions and commercial brands etc.
Travis worked as a teacher in visual arts for more than 15 solid years. Now he teaches from kindergarten to tertiary levels. He offers workshops for different organisations and renowned companies to do staff development training.
His past work was awarded the best graphic cover design at the Lenovo laptop computer competition and he also collaborated with different organisations (listed below). He has also previously partnered up with the 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival Artists-in-residence Programme and the Art@School programme organized by Education University of Hong Kong and Po Leung Kuk to be a local artist representative.
He was invited by different organisations to do sharing and interview including deTour, TVB, Cable TV, RTHK, HKET, HK01, 100Most, Cup Magazine, Adfocate, etc.
Lau Hiu Kong, Lawrence is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hong Kong. His works cover music composition, theatre performance, audiovisual art, and installation. As a composer/electronic musician/sound artist, Lawrence’s works ranging from numerous chamber ensembles, orchestra, Chinese instruments, live electronics, and live audiovisual works. Apart from concert music, he also creates works for theatre, where he explores the various concepts in terms of theatrical and spatial sound designs.