CUHK Composers at the International Rostrum of Composers
16 MAY 24
We have a strong CUHK presence at this year's International Rostrum of Composers in the Lithuania!  
Works by Prof. Kai-Young Chan, Chris Hung (DMus 09'), Alvin Tam (BA 12'), and Samuel Leung (BA 20') are presented by Hong Kong delegate Vincent Luk (DMus 21') at the International Rostrum of Composers, an annual forum of broadcasting organizations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary music. It is organized by the International Music Council, an advisory body of the UNESCO. 
23 JAN 24
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粵語現代音樂交流會議,主題為「以制約啟發創意」,於2023年四月在香港中文大學舉行。該會議包含了一系列音樂會、講座和研討會,探討各種形式的粵語現代音樂創作,包括合唱音樂和歌劇等等。參與人數超過700人,其中示範講座由陳啟揚帶領香港中文大學音樂系學生合唱團,解說粵語合唱創作。研討會邀請本地著名作曲家、劇作家、揮等,分享創作和演奏的心得。粵語合唱音樂會,邀請了香港兒童合唱團、香港新青年合唱團、Die Konzertisten,共演出了十二首粵語合唱作品,展示作曲家如何突破粵語「先詞後曲」的限制,創作出風格多變的音樂作品。 

Spearheaded by our composition faculty Prof. Kai-young Chan, "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music" is voted the "2023 Top 10 Music Headlines", an annual project organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 4.  
The "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music" was held in April 2023 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The conference included concerts, a lecture demonstration, and a presentation session. Led by Kai-young Chan and the CUHK Music Student Chorus, the lecture demonstration showcased different approaches to Cantonese text settings in choral music. During the presentation session, notable composers, performers, and librettists shared insights on the creative and performance practices of Cantonese music. The highlight of the conference was the Cantonese Choral Showcase, featuring The Hong Kong Children's Choir, the Hong Kong Youth Choir, and Die Konzertisten. They performed works by 12 composers, including eight world premieres selected through an international call for scores. Over 700 participants attended the conference, which focuses on how composers can creatively approach Cantonese text-setting in choral music, opera, and other contemporary genres. 
CUHK Music Research Postgraduate Students Achievements
24 NOV 23
CUHK Music Research Postgraduate Students Achievements
Congratulations to Li Kin Keung Kenneth (DMus) and Zheng Enzhe (DMus) on receiving scholarships by Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, and the 3rd Prize, Musicacoustica - Hangzhou 2023, Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition (B category) respectively.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund:
Musicacoustica - Hangzhou 2023, Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition
CUHK Music Faculty Prof. Chan Kai-young Receives The 21st CASH Golden Sail Award for Best Young Composer's Serious Composition
9 NOV 23

Congratulations to our composition faculty Prof. Chan Kai-young on winning The 21st CASH Golden Sail Award for Best Young Composer's Serious Composition!

The awarded piece is titled Seeking, Searching, for eight-part mixed chorus, a Cantonese choral works. It was premiered by Die Konzertisten, conducted by our alumnus Felix Yeung, in the Cantonese Choral Showcase in "From Constraints to Creativity: A Conference on Cantonese Contemporary Music", held on 29 April, 2023, at Chung Chi College Chapel. Find out more about the research project on

Chan said, "Overwhelmed with gratitude to CASH for this recognition, to Die Konzertisten and Felix Yeung for bringing this difficult piece to life 8 years after its inception, my team at CUHK Music for supporting my work, and my teacher Prof. Victor Chan for believing in me in early days as a minor student. Thanks to all who made this happen.

I sincerely hope that Cantonese choral works and other Cantonese art forms will flourish and reach far and wide. Our concert in April will be up soon - stay tuned for more!".

In 2001, the Composers and Authors Soceity of Hong Kong Ltd (CASH) has inaugurated the annual CASH Golden Sail Music Awards in recognition of outstanding musical works as well as vocal performances of musical works first commercially released or performed in Hong Kong within a specified period of the past year. Judging is based on artistic, creative and technical achievements of each piece of work or recorded performance.

Congratulations again and we look forward to more works from Prof Chan.

CUHK Postgraduate Student Wins Call for Scores
29 JUN 23

Congratulations to LI Kin Keung Kenneth (DMus) won annual Call for Scores 2023 organised by Musicus Society. He will be commissioned to write a new work inspired by the local heritage site where Musicus Society's next Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories concert will take place.

Kenneth is now pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Professor Wendy Lee.

Click HERE for more details.


CUHK Postgraduate Student Wins Composition Contest to Premiere at Carnegie Hall
15 DEC 22

Congratulations to Enzhe Zheng (DMus) who shines at Golden Bells International Composition Contest for Chinese Instruments with Western Orchestra. Enzhe is the winner in the age 30 and younger division with his piece Rosefinch – 朱雀, based on the vermilion bird in the Wuxing that represents fire, the south, longevity and immortality.

The winning piece will be premiered on December 29, 2022 (Thursday) at 8 pm concert by the Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA in New York City’s Carnegie Hall with Contest Artistic Director Dennis Friesen-Carper conducting.

For more details, please visit: Winners - Premieres - Inaugural Golden Bells International Composition Contest (


Artists-in-Residence, MA in Music: LENK Quartet (AY2022/23)
29 JUN 22

We are excited to announce that LENK Quartet will be Artists-in-Residence for our MA in Music Programme in AY2022/23. 

There will be three concerts in the academic year with the mission to build close ties and foster exchanges between MA’s artists-in-residence, CUHK staff and students, and indeed all other friends in the audience. 

LENK quartet is a violin-cello-clarinet-piano quartet composed of active Hong Kong-born, Hong Kong-raised and Hong Kong-based classical musicians formed in 2021. Under the concert invitation from HKU MUSE, the group is initiated by veteran pianist Nancy Loo and joined forces by young violinist Kitty Cheung, cellist Eric Yip and clarinettist Linus Fung.

The name LENK is the combination of first letters of the English names Linus, Eric, Nancy and Kitty. The quartet is committed to giving top quality live performances to the audience with its engaging and multicoloured playing.

Photo credit: Kurt Chan

CUHK Music Students Awarded The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Scholarships 2021/22
3 JUN 22

Congratulations to our students, Rosella Yum (Year 4, BA) and Zheng Enzhe (DMus), on receiving The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Scholarships 2021/22!

For details, please visit:

CUHK Music Faculty Prof. Tseng Sun-man Receives the 2022 Angel Award
25 MAY 22

Congratulations to Prof. Tseng Sun-man on winning the 2022 Angel Award presented by the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).

The award will be presented at a virtual ceremony to be held during the Hong Kong 2022 Congress, To Connect Beyond, on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

For details, please visit: ISPA News

Media Coverage: 信報

Ethnomusicology PhD Awarded Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture 2021-22
24 MAY 22

Congratulations to Matthew Haywood, PhD student of the Department of Music on receiving the Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture 2021-22!

Matthew’s research concerns the cultural sustainability of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong. To this end, his project investigates the ways in which the Cantonese opera industry has sought to retain its regular audience whilst attracting the attention of local youth and foreign interest. By examining aesthetic developments in conventional and experimental performances, the shifting landscape of identity construction and affective experiences associated with Cantonese opera, and reforms to the Cantonese opera industry spearheaded by the recognition of Cantonese opera as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2009, Matthew’s research illuminates the dynamics of diversification that have contributed to the resilience of the ‘grand theatre’ in contemporary Hong Kong society.

“I would like to thank the Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture for providing this opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many difficulties for academic research that prioritises fieldwork, and so I am truly grateful to receive their very generous support at this time. Also, I would like to thank the Department of Music for nominating me and the Cantonese opera performers and producers I have worked with for warmly receiving me and engaging with my research.” Matthew said.

The Zhilan Scholarship for the Study of Chinese Culture awards two undergraduates and two postgraduate research students each year with an excellent track record and whose research has considerable potential to contribute to our knowledge of Chinese culture. This year, Mr. Haywood was selected by the Arts Faculty Scholarship Committee out of a pool of 11 nominations received from various Graduate Divisions.