The Hong-Kong born, London-based composer, jazz pianist and conductor Raymond Yiu is the winner of a BASCA British Composer Award in 2010, and nominated for the same award in 2004, 2012, 2013 ann 2018. Originally trained as an engineer, Yiu was self-taught as a composer until he undertook his DMus under the auspice of Julian Anderson at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has worked with ensembles and artists including Lukas Foss, BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Chroma, Ensemble 10/10, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, London Sinfonietta and Lontano.

The Original Chinese Conjuror was commissioned for the 2006 Aldeburgh Almeida Opera, and Maomao Yü was commissioned by LSO for Lang Lang and the Silk String Quartet. His ‘hugely impressive’ (The Guardian) Symphony was commissioned by the BBC, and premiered during Proms 2015 by Andrew Watts, BBCSO and Edward Gardner. First performed at Manchester International Festival 2017, and given its London premiere by Roderick Williams, BBCSO and Sir Andrew Davis in April 2018, The World Was Once All Miracle was nominated in the large-scale composition category of 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

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Malcolm Crowthers