A Composer's Search for Musical Tradition and Identity
Raymond Yiu, composer
Victoria's Room, Victoria Rooms
Composer Raymond Yiu shares his experience and ideas from his doctoral research, a composer’s journey in locating his musical tradition, identity and understanding the idea of ‘home’.
Raymond Yiu is a Hong-Kong born, London-based composer, jazz pianist, conductor and writer on music. He is the winner of a BASCA British Composer Award in 2010, and nominated for the same award in 2004, 2012 and 2013. Originally trained as an engineer, Yiu was self-taught as a composer until he undertook his DMus under the auspice of Julian Anderson at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2009.
His early work received the advocacy of the American composer-pianist-conductor Lukas Foss. He has worked with ensembles and artists including BBC Singers, Chroma, Ensemble 10/10, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, London Sinfonietta and Lontano.
The Original Chinese Conjuror was commissioned for the 2006 Aldeburgh Almeida Opera. Maomao Yü was commissioned by LSO for Lang Lang and the Silk String Quartet.
His ‘hugely impressive’ (The Guardian) Symphony was commissioned by the BBC, and premiered by Andrew Watts, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner during BBC Proms 2015.
2017 sees the premiere of his flute concerto Butorfleoge in March, the Asian premiere of The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured with Hong Kong Philharmonic in April, and The World Was Once All Miracle for Roderick Williams and BBC Philharmonic in July as part of the Manchester International Festival. With BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, Williams will present the London premiere of the song cycle in April 2018 at the Barbican Hall.