Arts in the Cloud | Professor Chan Wing-wah : The Power of Music
Theme : The Power of Music: What Music Brings to the Life of Composer Chan Wing-wah
Guest : Professor Chan Wing-wah
Language : English
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Music is another language of life. Melody can share emotions and create resonance. In the composers' worlds, each piece of music represents a period of life, comforting people and lifting spirits.
In this lecture, we will feel the power of music and appreciate the music and life of composer Chan Wing-wah.
Brief Introduction of the Guest
Professor Chan Wing-wah is a Hong Kong composer and musician. He was the first Resident Composer of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Seven of his nine Symphonies were published on CD by Hugo Productions.
Internationally he has received First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest, USA; the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award from the Asian Composers League, and the 20th Century Masterpiece Award by the China Culture Promotion Society, Beijing. Locally he received the Composer of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Artists' Guild (1991), the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (1992), TVB Children Song Gold Award, CASH Golden Sail Music Awards 2004 and 2007.
Prof. Chan is also the Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society (established in 1956) since 1995 and has been leading this choir with regular concerts and occasional concert tours to perform oratorios and other sacred masterpieces. In 2017 he brought the choir and orchestra to perform his Symphony No.8 This Boundless Land for organ, choir and orchestra in the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with great success. In 2019 he brought the choir together with the Vancouver Oratorio Society to Toronto to premiere his Symphony No.9 Universal Harmony. The Hong Kong Government appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2000. He was invited to become a Council member of the Chinese Musicians Association in 2009.
Prof. Chan had been the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now the Acting Director, Planning Office for the School of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Council Member of China Musicians Association, Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Council Member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Chairman of the HK Association of Choral Societies, Adjunct Professor at CUHK, and advisor to numerous groups including the Hong Kong Dance Company and Hong Kong Children's Choir.
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