Artist Associate scheme highlights Samson Young

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2008, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta launched its Artist Associate scheme in a move to intensify collaboration with invited musicians each season. Composer Ng Cheuk-yin was the first to take up the position in 2006 and has continued to produce commissioned works and special arrangements for the orchestra since then. Australian string ensemble Grainger Quartet took up the role last year and is followed in the coming season by local composer Samson Young. Last year, Young was the first person from Hong Kong to receive the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award. He is completing his doctoral studies in composition at Princeton University in the United States. It will not be the first time he has worked with the orchestra - he wrote Feathery Telegraph for them in 2005 as part of Project Viva Sinfonietta.

The work's release on CD later this year compounds his gratitude for that opportunity of a first crack at writing a piece for orchestra. 'This will be my first record and apparently the first orchestral work by a Hong Kong composer to be released by the Society of Composers Inc,' Young said. Sinfonietta conductor Yip Wing-sie described Young more aptly as a composer/multimedia artist/writer. 'Since his last commissioned work for us he's been letting us know how he's getting on,' she said.

'He's been sending us samples of his new works and we've also seen his visual art - he's done some installation work in Hong Kong. On top of that, he's quite poetic. Whenever he writes something new, he will prepare a well-written poem to go with his title.'

Young's catalogue explores a variety of multimedia resources, including live audio processing, poetry-reading, amplified acoustic instrumental sounds, electronic sounds and video projections.

Of the three new works he is providing for the Sinfonietta, the first - Afterglow - is scored for orchestra and electronics and will be premiered in the season's opening concert on April 19 .

Young applauds the Sinfonietta for its vision with schemes such as the Artist Associate programme and for going beyond empty slogans in its efforts to invest in the city's cultural future.

'The creation of new repertoire is of utmost importance to the healthy ecology of concert hall music,' he said.