April 1st, 2019 | Comments Off on Premiere of ‘Et la mer, et l’amour’

May Kay Yau has been commissioned to compose a piece ‘Et la mer, et l’amour’  for a Baroque Ensemble and a French narrator in celebration of Concerto da Camera’s 15th Anniversary. The first performance is going to take place in The Inaugural Concert of Concerto da Camera’s New Harpsichord on 4th April, 2019.

Further details here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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July 2nd, 2017 | Comments Off on The Awakening of Mount Mingsha

May Kay Yau’s ‘The Awakening of Mount Mingsha’ is to receive its world premiere in Wuji Ensemble’s production ‘Sands and Beyond’ on 9 July, in World Harp Congress 2017. The work is scored for flute, harp, xiao and guzheng, inspired by Mount Mingsha in Dunhuang.

Programme: http://www.rhapsoarts.com/2017sands

Recording: https://youtu.be/DzKNS2R5yXM?t=2864

Thanks for listening!



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November 1st, 2015 | Comments Off on The Woodpecker

‘The Woodpecker’ has just been premiered on 29 October 2015 by mezzo soprano Shie Shoji and pianist Jasmina Samssuli in Athen, Greece, with the support by the Greek-Japanese Association and the Embassy of Japan in Greece.

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May 25th, 2015 | Comments Off on ‘Dry Tears’ is to receive its second performance in ISCM-MUSICARAM in 2015

Commissioned by the Third Angle Ensemble and was premiered in Portland, Oregon in May, 2014, May Kay Yau’s string quartet ‘Dry Tears’ will receive its second performance by Japan’s Ensemble Kochi in ISCM-MUSICARAM on 3 June 2015, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.


ISCM-Musicarama 2015: 31 May – 3 June 2015

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March 8th, 2014 | Comments Off on Third Angle New Music Concert

May Kay is selected as one of the six finalists by the Third Angle New Ideas in Music Competition. Her string quartet ‘Dry Tears’ is to be premiered on 23 May 2014 in Portland, Oregon.




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October 18th, 2013 | Comments Off on World Premiere of ‘The Nightingale’s Daughter’

‘The Nightingale’s Daughter’, a score written for female voice, sho and violin is going to be staged and performed by Shonorities Ensemble in Canterbury Festival on 2nd November, 2013.



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June 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on Demise of the Cherry Blossoms

May Kay Yau’s orchestral piece, ‘Demise of the Cherry Blossoms’ is to be receiving its second performance on 15th October 2012 at the ACL Contemporary Music Festival by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and conductor Frederic Chaslin at the Jerusalem Theatre . This year the ACL Festival is to be held in Jerusalem and Tel-aviv, Israel.


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April 14th, 2011 | Comments Off on ‘Autumn Execution’

‘Autumn Execution’, a piece for voice and violin is scheduled to be performed by the Shonorties on 15 April in Athens, Greece.

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October 26th, 2010 | Comments Off on Upcoming concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

‘Demise of the Cherry Blossoms’ will be premiered  on the 26th November, 2010 in The Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen. It is a set of three musical poems depicting the scenery of late cherry blossoms: The Last Bloom – Fallen Petals – Pink Snow.

It will be performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Russian conductor, Vassily Sinaisky.


Review by the Herald Scotland:


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December 4th, 2009 | Comments Off on University of Aberdeen Music Prize

May Kay’s string trio “Vernarrtheit” has just won the University of Aberdeen Music Prize on 22nd Novemeber 2009. She is commissioned to write a piece for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra which will be premiered in 2010 before being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Review in the Herald Scotland

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