ALAIN CHIU 趙朗天

COMPOSER | PERFORMER | ARTIST


An active composer in the music and multimedia scene of Hong Kong, Alain Chiu's music has been performed in concert halls and festivals throughout the world.

Chiu’s first multimedia opera, “Fish in the Hand” was premiered in 2015 and is one of the first Western Operas written for Cantonese.

Alain Chiu has received commissions by the West Kowloon Cultural Distract Authority, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, Kung Music Workshop, Sotheby’s Hong Kong and by numbers of musicians and groups including the Afiara Quartet, the Ives Quartet and Louis Siu among others. Chiu’s music was performed at the 40th to the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival, WKCDA Freespace Micro 2013, 2012 Hong Kong Week at Taipei, Jumping Frames Italy Tour, Cannes Film Festival 2013 & 2014 and Guggenheim UBS No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia 

Chiu received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Samuel Clarke Scholarship, where he studies composition with Conrad Susa, David Garner, and electronic music with Alden Jenks. He attended the European American Musical Alliance in Paris directed by Dr. Philip Lasser with scholarship and has participated in masterclass by Jo Kondo. His former teachers have included Cui Shi-Guang and Lane Harder.

Alain Chiu is the recipient of the Schulich Scholarship. He is also the Finalist of the International Music Prizes for Excellence in Composition. Chiu's music was recorded by the Grammy Award winning ensemble Orchestra of Our Time in 2011. He is developing a new composition method: “Woven Composition technique,” with its main focus to examinethe use of speech and acting as a musical element; and to find new solutions in hope that different medium could work together to form a more structured approach to multimedia performance.

(June 2016)