first place TAK-CHEUNG HUI
LIKE A MOTH IN THE RAIN
HUI, Tak-Cheung is a Hong Kong-born composer. Over the course of his career, Hui has been awarded numerous prizes include 1st prize in 38th Irino Prize, Flex Ensemble Commission Competition 2017, Leibniz Harmonien International Composition Competition 2016, ACC International Composition Competition 2016 and Atlas Ensemble Composition Competition 2014. His recent collaborations include 10/10 Ensemble at the Huddersfield Cotemporary Music Festival, Nieuw Ensemble at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ’s An Evening of Today and Looptail Ensemble at the Gaudeamus Muziekweeks. He was also the residence composer of the Ligeti Academy by Asko Schoenberg in 2011 and European Composers’ Professional Development Programme by HCMF in 2012.
Hui started self-learning guitar and played in a rock band before he started his formal education of music at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and completed his masters’ degree in Composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the supervision of Richard Ayres, Willem Jeths, and Wim Henderickx. During his academic years, he was awarded the Heng Seng Bank Scholarship and The Lions Music Foundation Scholarship. Since 2015, he was given a fellowship from Boston University Center for New Music to pursue a Doctoral degree under the supervision of Alex Mincek and Joshua Fineberg. In 2017-18, he pursued a further degree at IRCAM Cursus under the support of Boston University Research Grants.
Hui’s compositions range from a variety of solo instrumental music to orchestral works, small and large ensemble music for western or traditional music, as well as multi-media work and Chinese Opera arrangement. His works have been published by Huddersfield Contemporary Record and Hove Record.The subject of memory has been an important role his compositions in different levels, from the exploration of “scar’s art” to the implication of the “false memory”; the influences have clearly shown in his compositions recently.
second place joshua hey
Joshua Hey is a composer living in Philadelphia as a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been performed by ensembles such as the Daedalus Quartet, ICE,Dal Niente, PRISM, Omaha Symphony, and Quatuor Bozzini. Festivals and venues which presented his music include Nokia Bell Labs, MATA, Time of Music, June in Buffalo, RED NOTE, and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. This summer, his work will be performed at IRCAM-ManiFeste by soloists of Ensemble Intercontemporain.He has also received distinctions from institutions such as SCI/ASCAP, the American Composers Forum-Philadelphia, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2014-15, he was a visiting scholar at the Sibelius Academy with a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
third place hongshuo fan
the verse of the autumnal wind
Hongshuo Fan is a Chinese sound artist and multimedia composer. He is currently doing his PhD at the NOVARS sound research centre (University of Manchester). He was a faculty of the Electronic Music Department at Sichuan Conservatory of Music and member of Sichuan Key Laboratory of Digital Media Arts. His research and creative interests include New Media Art, Interactive art and Multimedia Design. Hongshuo’s works have been selected to perform in China, United States, Poland, Netherlands, Sweden, Korea and many other international events. He is the winner of the 2015 Shanghai International Electronic Music Week "Best Works Award" and the 2016 ICMA (International Computer Music Association) Asia-Oceania Regional Award.
Lucy Kong is a composer, producer and singer/songwriter. She is a featured composer for Australian Hybrid Art company Kammerklang, having composed new works for their Vox and Ablaze concerts, as well as releasing her first solo album ‘ElectroBloom’ in 2017.
In addition to her extensive catalogue of original work Lucy is a sought after collaborator across an impressive range of global projects with leaders from the film, gaming and J-pop markets.
Since 2011 Lucy has teamed with Japanese Pop producer HΛL, (who has been involved in producing some of Japan’s biggest selling records) writing songs and singing for his JPOP projects. Her collaborations with HAL includes new J-Pop songwriting commissions and occasional K-Pop songs for a variety of established and up and coming artists.
In 2016 Lucy composed the film score for the animated short Walk On Water, currently in development and being directed by Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas, Walking With Dinosaurs). She has also collaborated with Australian Post Black Metal/Electronic band Germ, composing piano for the albums ‘Loss’ and ‘Grief’. In addition Lucy has embraced scoring for the increasingly significant video game industry, contributing music for Black Gull Studios as well as Creative Intelligence Arts in Japan.
Lucy graduated with First Class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Composition Major in 2010 where she was awarded three scholarships. She is based in Sydney and available for global commissions.