Raymond Yiu 姚恩豪

Composer, Jazz Pianist, Conductor, Music Writer

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Raymond Yiu (姚恩豪, b. 1973) is a composer, jazz pianist, conductor and music writer. Born in Hong Kong, he came to England in 1990 and started piano lessons at the age of four. He began writing music as a teenager, and took up composing again while he was studying at Imperial College.

As a composer, Raymond is mostly self-taught. He received informal consultations from several composers including Julian Anderson, Lukas Foss and David Sawer.

Distance of the Moon was conducted by Lukas Foss at the Bridgehampton Music Festival 2001. Three of his works have been shortlisted by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM): Tranced Summer-Night, Tranced and Calendar of Tolerable Inventions from Around the World, which was performed by Lontano in 2002, and was subsequently broadcast by BBC Radio 3. It was also chosen by Sir Harrison Birtwistle for performance at the 2003 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with the London Sinfonietta. Tranced was performed by the Northern Sinfonia at the 2003 Bath Festival and was presented as a dance piece at the Österreichisches Theatermuseum, Vienna, with choreography by Bernd Bienert.

Beyond the Glass, performed and recorded for broadcast by the BBC Singers, was nominated for the BASCA British Composer Awards 2004. A Whorl of Knowings Dim and Bright was premiered by Andrew Watts at the Cheltenham Music Festival 2004, followed by performances at the Perth International Festival and Berliner Festspiele. Night Shanghai was first performed by Lontano as part of La Linea Festival 2005 in London, with subsequent performances by Concorde Ensemble, Chroma and Ensemble 10/10.

The Original Chinese Conjuror, a musical diversion with libretto by Lee Warren, has been commissioned by Aldeburgh Almeida Opera (with the support of Genesis Foundation) for the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival and the Almeida Opera Season.

2008 saw the premieres of Faerie Tales, a Celebrating English Song commission, and Xocolatl, written for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2008 Panufnik Young Composer Scheme. Maomao Yü was commissioned by LSO UBS Soundscapes, and premiered by Lang Lang and the Silk String Quartet in April 2009. His second Celebrating English Song commission, Dead Letters, was premiered in July 2010, and The Earth and Every Common Sight, for soprano and piano, won the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize 2010.

Northwest Wind, written for and premiered by Lontano, won the chamber category of the BASCA British Composer Awards 2010.

He is represented by the Sound and Music's New Voices scheme. He is also the recipient of SPNM 2003 George Butterworth Award, Bliss Trust Composer Bursary 2009, and a scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is currently undertaking a doctorate under the supervision of Julian Anderson.

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Updated on 06 December, 2010


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