Samson Young

Samson Young is one of Hong Kong's most sought-after composers today. With formal training in music composition, an eye for visuals and a keen interest in emergent technologies, Young has been known to combine his diverse expertise into uniquely intermedia experiences. His works are fundamentally informed by an engagement with new cultural-technological paradigms, yet deeply grounded in the classical musical tradition. Young's creative output spans the widest possible range: from composition for orchestra and gameboys, to amusement ride-turned-sound installation, to ensembles of ipad and iphones, to multimedia music theatre. In 2007, Young became the first from Hong Kong to receive the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award with his audio-visual project the Happiest Hour. In 2009, CNN's global portal CNNgo named him one of the top "20 people to watch in Hong Kong."

Young is a frequent guest at festivals around the globe, including the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2004, the Canberra International Music Festival in 2008, Dark Music Days, Iceland in 2008, Perspectives International Festival of Media Art of the US in 2009, Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival in 2009, and ISCM World Music Days, Australia in 2010. His music received performances by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, London NASH Ensemble, Sydney Song Company, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, Network for New Music and New Millennium Ensemble of the US.

Young was Hong Kong Sinfonietta's artist associate in the 2008/09 season, and since then he has maintained a close relationship with the orchestra, creating a range of multimedia productions, including Electric Kinderszenen, and Box of Revelation, a multimedia rendition of Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

Young is currently a Ph.D fellow at Princeton University, and an assistant professor in Critical Intermedia Art at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His mentors include Chan Hing-yan and electronic music pioneer Paul Lanksy.
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