Alvin Chu (USA)

Composition | Lone Howl

Instrumentation | For Chinese Ensemble



CHU Graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music with a Master of Fine Arts degree under the tutelage of Guo Wenjing. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Recording Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute.  CHU Has collaborated with various local music groups and has been commissioned to create works for groups such as the "Hong Kong Gaudemaus Dunhuang Ensemble", "Elegance Choir", “The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Wind Band", "Greeners - Mixed Choir", "Yue - Pipa Chamber Music Ensemble", "Psalm Wind Band", "Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra" and "RedBricks Harmonica Ensemble". In 2018, was commissioned by the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong to create “Wax of the Moon" for a young award-winning pianist.  In recent years, CHU has also ventured into sound design, with experience in recording production and live audio reinforcement. Works including the 3rd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo - “Heavenly Music of Pure-land“ concert, the 4th Silk Road International Arts Festival - “Dunhuang resonance of the Silk Road" concert, the “A world within Strokes and Sounds" online music concert, "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium” (presented by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum) exhibition sound installation art, the “A Dialogue between Dunhuang and the Palace Museum – Across 2000 Years of Chinese Heritage” Concert and Cultural Seminar, and the “Peabody Opera Theatre Series: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”.

Programme Notes

“And the scent of orchid musk lingers still, The Sound of hangings pendants moves slowly away. The eastern wind sways, then drags up, strands of weeping willows, Floating threads catch and stir up petals of peach blossom; The pearly curtains now hide, now show, her lotus face. You say she is of the family of His Excellency, executive of Hezhong Prefecture; I say she is an apparition of Guanyin, contemplating moonlight in water.”