YING, Kwang-I

YING, Kwang-I

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Ying, Kwang-I received her doctorate in composition from the University of Maryland, where she also earned a master’s degree in piano performance. Her teachers at the University were Lawrence Moss in composition, and Bradford Gowen and Thomas Schumacher in piano. During the summer time with full scholarship, she has studied with Jean-Bernard Pommier in piano at Academie de Musique Lausanne, Switzerland in 1987; and has studied with Alain Louvier, Betsy Jolas and Andre Boucourechliev in composition, and Idil Biret and Michel Beroff in piano at Conservatorie Americain de Fontainebleau, France in 1988. She has won the National Capital Area Composers’ Consortium Competition, the First Prize of the Helen Wadefield Hoback Composition Competition, and 1988 Outstanding Young Women of America Awards while she was studying at the University of Maryland.

Before she went to study in the U.S. her teachers were Hsu Tsang-Houei, Shih Wei-Liang and Lu Yen in composition, Tzei Yea-Sheue, Liu Su-Mei, Alexander Sung in piano. She is the author of The Structure of Chopin Nocturnes-after 1840, Cultivation of Music in Five Years, and Notes of Mind, and currently on the faculty at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China. Prof. Ying is active as a pianist as well as composer. Her compositions have been performed in numerous recitals in the U.S. as well as in France, Germany and Asia. A critic from the Washington Post wrote, “…pianist Ying, Kwang-I gracefully and elegantly opened the evening with her 1985 work ’Moods’. These five delightful, short but by no means insignificant gems explore a delicate world of pianistic colors and ideas.”

Orchestral/Concerto Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Mid-autumn 2010
Formosa 2007 10'20"
Recollections piano and orchestra 1991
Vocal Works/Choral
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Traveling as a Cloud 2018
Correspondances eight voices and string quartet 2004-2008
Elevation eight voices and string quartet 2004-2008
Buddha Says II mixed choir 2001
Buddha Says I mixed choir 1999
A Letter through the Rain soprano and piano 1990
Chamber Music Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Listen to my mind violin, horn, percussion and film 2019
Music for Saxophone and Piano Saxophone and Piano 2018
Growing cello, piano and film 2017
Interdependence III three percussion players 2016
Interdependence II two pianos 2015
Rhymes a warrior, singing bows and piano 2015
Duo for Violin and Piano violin and piano 2014
Journey pipa, guzheng, erhu 2014
Conversation pre-recorded music and piano 2013
Quintet Chinese flute/xiao, yangqin, violin, cello and percussion 2013
Approaching to Four Noble Truths contrabass and piano 2011
Interdependence string quartet 2010
Ruthless clarinet, one percussion player, piano, one dancer, video, and pre-recorded music 2010
For Five Percussion Players and Two Voices five percussion players and two voices 2009
Purify violoncello and contrabass 2007
Trio No. 3 clarinet, bassoon, and piano 2006
Quartet soprano, clarinet, cello, and percussion 2005
Trio No. 2 violin, violoncello, and piano 2002
Life Is Impermanent six percussion players 1999-2001
Brass Quintet and Percussion 2 trumpets, trombone, horn, tuba and percussion 1997
Spirit two pianos 1994
Trio No. 1 violin, violoncello, and piano 1989-1991
Fantasy for Cello and Piano cello and piano 1987
2222 two pianos 1979
Solo Instrumental Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Music for Viola Solo viola 2014
DNA piano 2012
Homage to Debussy piano 2012
Music for bassoon solo bassoon 2010
Music for Oboe Solo oboe 2009
Dependent Arising piano 2007
Meditation II bass flute 2007
Children's Talk-I piano 2005
Happy Birthday piano 2005
Solo for One Timpano Only one timpano 2005 8min
The Game of Harmonics piano 2005
Reminiscence of A Friend piano 2004
The Unreality of All Things contrabass 2004
Piano Solo Work piano 1992
à Deux violin 1988
In the Mountains trumpet and guitar 1988
Four Movement for Solo Clarinet clarinet 1986
Moods piano 1985
Meditation flute 1979

* link to " NCAF online Archive of Grant Fruitages "website (in Chinese)

Title Instrumentation Year Duration
Formosa 2007 10'20"
Solo for One Timpano Only one timpano 2005 8min