The “CASH Music Scholarship 2012/2013”for overseas studies, sponsored by the CASH Music Fund and administered by Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd., has been awarded to Chan Kai Young. He will further his postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Fall 2012 as a Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow.
Chan Kai Young pursued his Master of Music in composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts with first class honours. During his years at CUHK, he studied under the tutelage of Professor Victor Chan, Dr. Samuel Lo, and Professor Wendy Lee.
Drawing his influences from classical Chinese music, literature and language, Chan has injected these inspirations into instrumentations from standard Western forms to contemporary Chinese ensembles. In 2012, his Fata Morgana, a quintet for which he received the first prize in New Generation 2012, and his chamber work Tinkles in the Rain will receive its European premiere by Ensemble XXI in ISCM World Music Days 2012 (Belgium). His also won the David Gwilt Composition Prize for his harp trio Once upon a Snowy Night. Featured in the composition workshop of International Ensemble Modern Academy (Germany), his chamber orchestral pieceThe Nightmare Escape won the Audience Choice Award of the Young Musicians Performance Platform organised by the Hong Kong Composer's Guild.
The “CASH Music Scholarship” invites applications for overseas studies in the field of music composition at the beginning of the year. Interested parties are welcome to visit the CASH website for announcement.