The New Generation Music Composers - The Soul of Asia

 

A Malaysian star in her own right, Jessica Cho is a composer, pianist and music lecturer. She made headlines in 2011 when she won the third prize in the Asian Composer League in Taiwan, under the Young Composers category, with her solo piano piece titled "Five Little Pieces for Piano". In 2012, her chamber work for six players was premiered in Kyoto, Japan. She was later listed as one of the 100 Olympic Composers on the BBC's music magazine. In 2013, she was dubbed as the 'Classical Composer' in Malaysia by an airline magazine. To date, the 27-year-old has had her compositions performed around Sheffield, Taiwan, Japan, Vienna, Singapore and Malaysia.

Jessica Cho

A Malaysian star in her own right, Jessica Cho is a composer, pianist and music lecturer. She made headlines in 2011 when she won the third prize in the Asian Composer League in Taiwan, under the Young Composers category, with her solo piano piece titled "Five Little Pieces for Piano". In 2012, her chamber work for six players was premiered in Kyoto, Japan. She was later listed as one of the 100 Olympic Composers on the BBC's music magazine. In 2013, she was dubbed as the 'Classical Composer' in Malaysia by an airline magazine. To date, the 27-year-old has had her compositions performed around Sheffield, Taiwan, Japan, Vienna, Singapore and Malaysia.

Egemen Kesikli

At only 25 years of age, Egemen Kesikli is an emerging Turkish composer and conductor who has performed across the United States, Canada, Austria, Greece and his homeland, Turkey. His music has been performed by numerous ensembles and soloists in the likes of the Luna Nova Music Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, world-renowned tap dancer Max Pollak and the St. Olaf Band - dubbed "one of America's preeminent bands" by The New Yorker. In 2011, he received the Minnesota Collegiate Composer of the Year Award. He received his Bachelor?s Degree in Music Theory & Composition from St. Olaf College with Departmental Distinction and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Composition at the University of Texas.

Narong Prangcharoen

Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen has made a name for himself with his "absolutely captivating" music, according to The Chicago Sun Times. His music has been performed by various renowned ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, the German National Theater Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Composer Paul Chihara commented that Prangcharoen "writes music that reaches and moves his listeners..." Prangcharoen received the prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barlow Prize which singled him out among 240 composers all over the world. Currently, Prangcharoen teaches at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is also the founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival, now entering its tenth year

Hiromi Uehara

Famed for electrifying her audiences with her energetic live performances, Hiromi Uehara is a Japanese jazz composer and keyboardist. She is known to improvise and blend a range of musical genres such as jazz, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. Her breakthrough came in 2003 with her first album, Another Mind. The album received the Recording Industry Association of Japan's (RIAJ) Jazz Album of the Year. She went on to win numerous other awards, including the Best Jazz Act at the Boston Music Awards in 2006 and the Guinness Jazz Festival's Rising Star Award. Her mentors include veteran jazz bassist Richard Evans whom she met in Boston, U.S.

Unsuk Chin

A South Korean composer based in Berlin, Germany, Unsuk Chin had won several international prizes in her twenties. When she was in Hamburg, she had studied with the late Gyorgy Ligeti, the prominent Hungarian composer. Her works include both electronic and acoustic scores. She has an acute ear for instrumentation, orchestral colour and rhythmic imagery. In 2004, she was the winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Later in 2005, she won the Arnold Schoenberg Prize in Vienna. She is also the winner of the 2010 Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award. Her works have been performed by major orchestras and ensembles worldwide including Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic.

Adeline Wong

Adeline Wong is recognised as one of the most-acclaimed Malaysian composers of her generation. The awards on her belt shout the same praise. She was awarded Malaysia's Most Promising Artist Award (2005) and the Best Original Composition (2003 and 2005) by the Cameronian Arts Awards. She obtained her Bachelor?s Degree in Music from the Eastman School of Music in the U.S. Later, she received her Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music London. Her works have been performed in Australia, Belgium, U.S., Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and more. Her film score for Chermin was premiered at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy in 2007.

Ho Chee Kong

Singaporean composer Ho Chee Kong is a seasoned composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral and piano works which have been performed worldwide in Canada, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S. At present, Ho is Associate Professor and Head of Composition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS). As an academic, his vast experience took him to conferences in London, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and more where he presented papers in the area of music composition studies. He currently serves as a board member with the Singapore School of the Arts and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Ken Hor

Ken Hor is a multi-talented Malaysian composer. A classically trained pianist and trombonist, he studied film scoring at the University of California and worked as an assistant under renowned composer William Goldstein. His repertoire in the U.S. includes student shorts, indie films, documentaries, recording albums, TV commercials and a Thai musical. Back home in Malaysia, he has made a name for himself composing and arranging jingles for brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Pizza Hut. He has also collaborated with percussionist Steve Thornton, guitarist Jamie Wilson, pop legend Sheila Majid and Hollywood musicians Ray Pizzi, Norman Ludwig, and more. His film scores were heard in film festivals in the United States.

Trisdeena Patalung

Up-and-rising Thai composer, conductor and pianist Trisdeena Patalung made his conducting debut in 2006, performing Die Zauberflote by Mozart, which the UK's OPERA magazine reviewed, "If the word 'genius' still has any meaning in this age of rampant hyperbole, Trisdee is truly a living example." The 28-year-old has since conducted for various orchestras around the world such as in Scotland, Italy and the Netherlands. In 2011, he was listed in Italy's Class Filosofia's magazine as one of the world's best conductors under 30. Later in 2012, he was included in the Bangkok Post?s "66 Young Leaders Shaping Thailand's Future". Currently, he is the resident conductor of the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chen Yi

A child prodigy who began playing the violin and piano from the age of three, Chen Yi is an award-winning, prolific composer from Guangzhou, China,who transcends cultural and musical boundaries with her compositions. She went on to earn her BA and MA degrees, becoming the first Chinese woman to receive an MA in music composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Her works have been published by Theodore Presser Company and have been premiered worldwide. She is the first woman to give an evening multimedia orchestral concert in the United States. Today, Chen Yi is Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, USA.