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Daniel Lo


Daniel Lo

Daniel Ting-cheung Lo completed his PhD (Composition) at the University of York in the UK in 2017, under the supervision of William Brooks, fully supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. Previously, he studied Composition with Chan Hing-yan at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with first class honours, and then earned an MPhil (Music Composition). Lo has won various prizes in international contests including 1st Prizes at the 7th Musica e Arte Composition Contest (Rome, 2011) and the 3rd Migratory Journeys International Music Composition Competition (Chicago, 2010/2011).

His compositions have been performed worldwide by renowned musicians including players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bang-on-a-Can, Orchestra of Our Time, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostravská Banda, Piccolo Orchestra, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, Quatuor Diotima, Orkest de Ereprijs, Utrechts Blazers Ensemble, Sofia Soloists, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Song Company, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

The last several years saw the premières of Lo’s Home City Dream City for orchestra and field recordings (2014) and Efflorescence – Quasi-Concerto for Orchestra (2016), both commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Interested in seeking ways to integrate music with the literature of Hong Kong, some recent works inspired by contemporary local writers include two pieces written for Hong Kong Odyssey, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2017; a choral work Mary’s Chalk Circle for narration, unaccompanied choir and video, presented by Hong Kong Voices in June 2017; and a chamber opera A Woman Such as Myself (based on Xi Xi’s short story A Girl Like Me), premiered in Czech Republic at New Opera Days Ostrava in June 2018. In November 2019, a staged cantata composed by Lo (based on Yesi’s short story The Banquet at elBulli) was presented by Hong Kong Voices. His newest chamber opera Two Ladies, commissioned by Hong Kong Arts Festival, was again based on Xi Xi’s short stories.

Last update in Mar 2023