HUI Tak Cheung

20162023

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HUI, Tak-Cheung is a Hong Kong-born composer. His works ranged from chamber/orchestral and electronic music to multi-disciplinary works and installations. His recent works often cooperate with artists and scholars in different disciplines, employing immersive and spatial audio, physical model sound synthesis other music technologies to reconstruct the present and past soundscape with human voice, musical instruments, specially-made, and electroacoustics instruments, telling tales, and stories of different eras and regions through sound.

Over the course of his career, Hui has been awarded numerous prizes, including 1st prize in the 38th Irino Prize, Chaosflöte Commission Competition 2019, Flex Ensemble Commission Competition 2017, Leibniz Harmonien International Composition Competition 2016, ACC International Composition Competition 2016 and Atlas Ensemble Composition Competition 2014. His works have been performed in different festivals by professional ensembles, including 10/10 Ensemble at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble Recherche at Spotted Hong Kong, MDI Ensemble at the Composit New Music Festival, New European Ensemble at the 02022020 Festival, Nieuw Ensemble at the Gadeaumus Muziekweek, TAK Ensemble at the Delian Academy, and TIMF Ensemble at the Goethe Institut Asian Composers’ Showcase. His recent commissioned works include an audiovisual work, “Tangled Memory,” for Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2021 and featured at the Senses Working Overtime Concert, a sound installation for the Taiwan Pavillon of Venice Architecture Biennale and an ensemble with electronics work “Ashes to AshesII,” which featured at the Estovest Festival 2023.

Hui started self-learning guitar and played in a rock band before he started his formal education in music at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He completed his master’s degree in Composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam and received his DMA from Boston University. During his academic years, he was awarded numerous grants and fellowships, such as the Boston University Center of New Music fellowship, Kahn Career Entry Award, and Design Trust Seed Grant. In 2017-18, he pursued a further degree at IRCAM Cursus under the support of Boston University Research Grants. He is currently teaching at Hong Kong Metropolitan University.

Research interests

- Music Composition
- Electronic Music
- Interdisciplinary Music 
- Music Technology

Qualifications

BMus(HKAPA), MMus (Conservatorium van Amsterdam), DMA (Boston University), Cursus (IRCAM)

Appointments

AWARDS 

First Prize, Chaosflöte Commission Competition 2019 (USA)

First Prize, Flex Ensemble Commissioning Competition, 2017 (Germany)

First Prize, 38th Irino Prize, 2017 (Japan)

First Prize, Leibniz’s Harmonies International Composition Competition, 2016 (Germany)

First Prize, Asian Cultural Center International Composition Competition, 2016 (Korea)

Winner,  SENSES WORKING OVERTIME, Gaudeamus Muzikweek 2020 (Netherlands)

Winner, Kahn Career Entry Award, 2020 (USA)

Winner, Est Ovest Festival Call for score 2018 (Italy)

Co-Winner, Atlas Ensemble Composition Competition 2014 (The Netherlands)

Artist in Residence, C-Lab, 2022 (Taiwan)

Selected Composer, Goethe Institute Asian Composer Showcase 2018 (Korea)

Selected composer, European Composers’ Professional Development Program by Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, 2011-2012 (United Kingdom)

Appointments

Selected Works

Diachronic Apparatuses (2023)Sound/Music Design for Taiwan Pavilion of Venice Architecture Biennale

Ashes to Ashes II (2023), for Small ensemble, 6-channel Live Electronic Music & Video, commissioned by Estovest Festival, premiered at National Taichung Theatre.

There is another capital beneath the wave (2023), Music Direction for the Exhibition, Works by Chia-Wei Hsu, Ting-Tong Chang, and Hsien-Yu Cheng, Produced by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

I saw you in the void  (2022), for Flutes, Voice/Objects & 44-channel live electronics, commissioned by  C-Lab, presented at Wandering 2022

Remain for those Remains  (2022), 16-channel sound installation, Duo Solo Exhibition with Ting-Tong Chang at YIRI Gallery.

Realms of Interim (2022), co-commissioned by the National Cultural and Arts Foundation (Taiwan) and TimeArt Studio, premiered in the TimeArt Studio & Friend Music Week 2022.

The Invisible Landscape, the sonic past of the two cities (2022) - Web-based Interactive installation, Funded by the Taiwan Ministry of the Culture.

Ashes to Ashes (2021), Site Specific work for Flutes/3D Printing Flutes, Percussions/Deer Horns/Metal Scrapes & Live Electronics, commissioned by Chia-Wei Hsu’s Studio, premiered in the Peace Island Archeology Site, presented at Museo Nazionale del Cinema.

Tales of Tales (2021), for Percussions, Taiwanese Traditional Puppet Opera & Electronics, commissioned by Chia-Wei Hsu’s Studio, the collaborative Project Crystal Seeding, presented in C-Lab Future Media Arts Festival .

Tangled Memory (2020), for Live City Ambiance, Live Electronic, Video & Flute, commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek, premiered in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020.

Realms of Interim (2020), for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Viola, Cello & Percussion, commissioned by the 20200202 festival, premiered by New European Ensemble (The Netherlands).

Water Album #3 - Prologue (2019), for Cello solo commissioned by cellist Claudio Paseri, premiered in the Rohan de Saram & Claudio Paseri concert series.

Things that might have been (2019), site-specific work for Flute, Electronic & Video commissioned by Cheng-yu Wu, premiered at the historical building 新庄 24-1 in Taichung, Taiwan, DVD released by Hover Record.

Water Album #2 - On the Petal (2019), for Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Violin, Percussion & Soprano - commissioned by EstOvest Festival, premiered by Eutopia Ensemble (Italy), performed by TAK Ensemble (USA) at Delian Academy 2019 & by Ensemble Recherche (Germany) in the Spotted Hong Kong Concert.

Like a Moth in the Rain (2018), for Flute and Live Electronic, performed by Samuel Casale and IRCAM in the Manifest Festival.

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