Corwin Series Lecture: Kee Yong Chong

Event Date: 

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Zoom link: 
Meeting ID:
841 2398 4807

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music


Kee Yong Chong (photo by Nelson Wong)
© 2005 Nelson Wong
The Department of Music will present a Corwin Series Lecture featuring composer Dr. Kee Yong Chong on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 6 pm PDT via Zoom. Dr. Chong will discuss his work and influences in a lecture titled “Multi-Layered Ethnic and Cultural Influences in my Musical Compositions."
Meeting ID: 841 2398 4807
Passcode: Corwin

About the Speaker

Dr. Kee Yong Chong, one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary music composers, possesses one of the most exciting voices in new music today. Indeed, his work has been hailed as “imaginative and poetic” by leading conductor-composer Peter Eötvös, and as “very inventive and artistically pure” by composer Jonathan Harvey. The uniqueness of his music stems not only from a rich palette of sounds, but his experimentation into traditions, infusing his own Chinese and multi-cultural Malaysian heritage into his work.
Dr. Chong's distinctive style has won him many awards and commissions. His list of prizes at various competitions is remarkable, for example the Prix Marcel Hastir by Belgium Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters & Fine-arts (1999, 2003), the 4th International Andrzej Panufnik Competition for Young Composers in Poland (2002), the Grand Prix at the 2nd Seoul International Competition for Composers (2003), the Max-Reger-Tage International Composition Competition in Germany (2004), the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra International Composers' Award (2004), second prize at the 2nd Lepo Sumera International Young Composer Prize (2006), Lutoslawski Award (2006), BMW Award in the International Isang Yun Music Prize in Korea (2007), 2nd prize in the Preisträgerkonzert des Internationalen Kompositionswettbewerbes "global music—contemporary expression" in Germany, 3rd prize in Luxembourg International Composition Award 2008 and Giga-Hertz-Award 2009 (Germany) and many other.
He has been awarded the composer-in-residency with Akademie der Künste (Germany), Herrenhaus Edenkoben (Germany), Asian Cultural Council (USA), the Center Henri Pousseur (Belgium), SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO (Germany), Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship 2014 (USA/Italy), Korea National Gugak Center fellowship, IGNM-VS / Forum Wallis in Leuk Switzerland, spring workshop Hong Kong, and CulturalSummit Abu Dhabi 2018.
He is the first Malaysian composer to receive the prestigious commission grant award by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation (USA) and the prestigious "The Outstanding Young Malaysian Awards" in the Cultural Achievement category.
To recognize Dr. Chong’s contributions to South East Asia’s contemporary music scene, Huddersfield University (UK) awarded him a full scholarship for PhD by publication 2014-2016 under the guidance of Professor Liza Lim.
Dr. Chong is the creative director of Studio C, former president (2017-2019) and recent executive committee of Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers. He was the artistic director of the 2009 Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival and SMCC Contemporary Music Festival “SoundBridge” 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. 2016-2017 he was visiting professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and 2018 visiting professor of Danish Royal Academy of Music. 
Kee Yong Chong (© 2005 Nelson Wong)