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Vincent Chee-Yung Ho: Biography

Vincent Chee-Yung Ho
1975 -
Region: Prairie

Vincent Chee-Yung Ho

Vincent Chee-Yung Ho (b. 1975, Ottawa, Ontario). Canadian composer, currently residing in both Canada and the USA, of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been successfully performed in both North America and abroad.

Mr. Ho began composing at the age of fourteen. After receiving his ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1993, he studied composition with Allan Gordon Bell, David Eagle and William Jordan at the University of Calgary from 1994-98, earning BMus. He then completed his MMus at the University of Toronto in 1998, where he studied with Walter Buczynski and Christos Hatzis. He recently earned his DMA from the University of Southern California while under the supervision of Stephen Hartke.

In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Schola Cantorum Summer Composition Program in Paris, where he received further training in analysis, compostion, counterpoint, and harmony, supervised by David Diamond and Philip Lasser from the Juliard School of Music and Narcis Bonet from the Paris Conservatoire. In 2000-2001, he took part in the Long-Term Residency Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2005, he was one of five emerging composers selected to attend The National Arts Centre’s Young Composers Program, supervised by Alexina Louie, Joseph Schwantner, and Gary Kulesha.

His works have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Arraymusic, The Arditti Quartet, The Composer’s Quartet, The Earplay New Music Ensemble, Counter-Induction, and the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble and have been featured at various festivals, including The Winnipeg New Music Festival, New York’s MATA New Music Festival, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, The Markham Music Festival, Toronto’s Massey Hall New Music Festival, Ottawa’s Strings of the Future Festival, and Bakersfield’s New Directions Series. In addition to North America, his works have been performed in China, France and Italy.

His many awards have included the Canada Council for the Arts’ “Robert Fleming Prize” (for most outstanding young Canadian composer, 2005), the Canadian Music Centre’s “Emerging Composer Prize” (2005), the “Morton Gould Young Composer Award” (ASCAP, 2004), four SOCAN Young Composers awards (Second Prize, 1999; Third Prize, 2001; two Second Prizes, 2004), EARPLAY’s “Donald Aird Memorial Composition Award” (2004), the “Audience Prize” from the Toronto New Music Festival (1999), and USC’s “Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize”. He has also received prizes from the Strings of the Future and the PEEL Music festivals (both 1999), and was a finalist for the 2005 Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial.

His piano works are currently published by Alberta Keys Publishing Limited.

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